Barkingside volunteer wants more young people to help abroad

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 September 2016

Gurvir Deol (centre) with children from Edilpur village.

Gurvir Deol (centre) with children from Edilpur village.

Gurvir Deol

A young man who decided that he’d rather help those most in need than work in an office is encouraging others to follow suit.

24-year-old Gurvir Deol spent three months earlier this year volunteering in Bangladesh - and now he wants others to do so as well.

Whilst he was in Edilpur village, Gurvir from Fremantle Road, Barkingside, and his fellow volunteers, taught lessons in schools and held workshops in gender equality, education and health and hygiene.

Gurvir returned from Bangladesh in April and hasn’t looked back since as he has committed himself to supporting a range of good causes.

Since his exploits in Bangladesh, Gurvir has walked the Great Wall of China for The Children’s Society, raising £3,000 in the process, and climbed Snowden for Khalsa Aid.

“I feel like it’s changed the way I am thinking about the future,” said Gurvir. “As soon as you get a taste for it you want to keep going - it’s better than staying in an office.

“I’m hoping to keep this passion alive and have been communicating with numerous people that have inspired me to take these steps to learn more about what drives them and how I can continue to do my part.

“I hope to inspire at least one person out there to try something new and get a rewarding experience out of it.”

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