A whirlwind trip

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Posted on: 5th October, 2015

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Having established just-one in 2004, Declan Murphy of Clonakilty now lives and works in Kathmandu, Nepal where, with the kind support of the people of West Cork, just-one’s operation continues to go from strength to strength. Further information on this grass-roots organisation and its valuable work can be found at www.just-one.org. Much needed donations can be made via the web-site or, preferably, directly to the just-one’s Irish bank account (# 87135118 / Sort Code 90-26-10). Declan is always happy to field individual and specific enquiries about the project and can be easily contacted by email (declan@just-one.org).

Above: The creator of one of the many beautiful prints currently being exhibited (and sold!) at the Community Arts Centre in Clonakilty.

Having finally arrived safely from Kathmandu on September 11 last, Bimal and Aayman are already halfway through their stay in Clonakilty and seem to be enjoying what’s certainly been a whirlwind trip to date. With dozens more presentations still to give at various schools across West Cork and as far afield as Dublin too, it promises to be much of the same between now and their October 21 return to their ever-troubled homeland of Nepal.

Their time here to date has been no less special than I imagined it would be and I’ve been delighted at how much they’ve both enjoyed sharing with the countless students we’ve spoken to so far just how important a contribution their respective schools have made towards just-one’s decade-long efforts providing each of them with the opportunities that have allowed them to grow into the independent young men which they are today.

While Bimal was certainly the star of last year’s trip, I think even he’ll admit that his infectiously happy childhood friend Aayman is the one warming most hearts this time ‘round! He’s hardly stopped smiling since the moment he arrived and started his first full day in the country accompanying me on the shorter route of the recent Clonakilty Charity Cycle which we’re very happy to be benefitting from again this year.

Cycling has been an important part of his young life for a good few years already and it was really lovely to introduce him to our good friends at The Children’s Project charity-shop on Spiller’s Lane who were kind enough to sponsor the mountain bike on which he became the national junior champion of Nepal when he was 16-years-old. Conscious of the need to keep his fitness levels up for the national championship in November, we’re extremely grateful to The Quality Hotel for the complimentary Leisure Centre membership he received for the duration of his stay.

Like all the other generously donated goods and services we’ve been so fortunate to receive over the last few weeks (from The Olive Branch, Lettercollum Kitchen Project, Spar, Scally’s SuperValu, Johnny Crowley’s and White’s Texaco to name but a few!) each and every kind donation of this sort, allows us to ensure that as much possible of the money raised locally will reach its intended target in Nepal and not get unnecessarily spent along the way as so often happens.

If you or someone you know might be in a position to lend some similar support then please do consider dropping us a line. Similarly, if you’d like to meet with us and learn more from Bimal and Aayman about how just-one is having a very real and positive impact upon the lives of dozens of children back in Nepal at present, we’ll do our very best to accommodate you. There are still some free slots in our schedule between now and our departure for Dublin on October 15 next and, like me, the two lads are happy to see our limited time here spent as productively as possible so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whether it’s to drop by an impromptu coffee morning you might care to host on our behalf, or to have us speak at the next gathering of whatever club or society you represent, just know that we’re open to any and all suggestions!

“And why wouldn’t we be?” says you – considering the almost €400 we collected in a cheekily spontaneous whip-around very kindly arranged for us by Dave McClelland during the Sunday session in Scannell’s during the recent guitar festival that had Clon rocking for a great weekend! We’ll be hoping for an equally impressive result at a Quiz Night being very kindly organised for us at Foley’s on Baggot St in Dublin on October 17 next and would appreciate it if you’d care to give that a mention to any connections you might have in the Big Smoke!

While we will, as ever, keep doing our very best to show that “it doesn’t take much to make a difference” we’d obviously appreciate whatever additional support we might be lucky enough to receive in that regard too and would like to share our sincere thanks with all those who’ve so kindly lent us all that support that’s already allowed us to achieve all we have to date!

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