From Smithton to Nepal

Soroptimists Rebecca Korpershoek and Trish Nibbs are all set to deliver morning teas across Smithton, raising funds for Nepal’s earthquake appeal. 

Appeal. Soroptimist International of Circular Head called upon the community to dig deep for earthquake devastated Nepal – and dig deep they did.

The Soroptimists were pleasantly surprised when they received an overwhelming response to a morning tea drive, with more than 300 orders placed in support of the fundraiser.

Soroptimist Rebecca Korpershoek was thrilled by the response.

“It was really successful – we more than doubled the amount of orders we were expecting,” she said.

Thirteen ladies began the day early with a 5.30am start to prepare the $7 trays of goodies, before delivering them to businesses and schools throughout Smithton on Friday morning.

“We had a production line going – it was quite fun.” Rebecca said of the preparation.

Nepal suffered two devastating earthquakes earlier this year, with a 7.8 magnitude on April 25 and two 7.3 and 6.3 magnitude quakes on May 12.

More than 8700 people were killed and 22,400 people injured as a result, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

“I think it tugged on people’s hearts strings,” Rebecca said.

“Nepal is such a poor country, it’s heart wrenching. As a small community we have always dug deep into our pockets to help others.”

The morning tea drive raised more than $2000 towards Nepal’s recovery appeal.

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