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Charity marches through Ilford to Newbury Park to raise money for poor Sri Lankan children

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 August 2017

Mantan Ministries arranged a charity walk through Ilford to Newbury Park to raise money for poverty-stricken children in Sri Lanka. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Mantan Ministries arranged a charity walk through Ilford to Newbury Park to raise money for poverty-stricken children in Sri Lanka. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

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A Christian charity helping poverty-stricken Sri Lankan children held a fundraising march through Ilford on Saturday.

High Road shoppers may have spotted the parade of men and women from Nanpan Ministries as they walked from Sainsbury’s in Roden Street, through Seven Kings and Goodmayes all the way to Newbury Park.

The marchers were made of up people from all walks of life, with children and grandparents joining the march to raise money for better schooling for underprivileged Sri Lankan youngsters.

Priscilla Murugathas, Nanpan Ministries trustee, was one of the group who had actually walked all the way from Barnet, 22km away, to join the march’s muster point in Ilford town centre.

She told the Recorder: “It was a really good day and we had an excellent turn out – I think we had about 75 people show up in total which is absolutely fantastic.

“Near the start when we began walking it was quite rainy but thankfully the weather got much nice as we moved through Ilford high street.”

Nanpan Ministries have now raised approximately £1,500 of their £5,000 target, with fundraising due to go on until September 30.

The march was organised to support the charity’s Send a Child to School campaign, which aims to help underprivileged children across Sri Lanka access a better education.

The group gets its name, Nanpan, from the Tamil word for friend.

And workers from the charity, who frequently fly to south Asia to offer hands-on help, recently put that ethos into practice when they built a well for a small Sri Lankan village and organised a health awareness session for poorer families across the country.

Priscilla said: “What we are trying to do is give more than just immediate help in the wake of floods or disasters – although we still do that.

“We want to lay down the foundations for a better life in the future and that’s why we’ve recently concentrated on building pre-schools and tuition centres.

“It’s all about making sure we help the children out there get a better education and have more opportunities than their parents had.”

To learn more about Nanpan Ministries and to donate to their cause visit www.justgiving.com/nanpan.

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