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SIDMOUTH: Bursary raises money for children in Vietnam

Thursday, 03 April 2014

A coffee morning held in the Methodist Church Hall in Sidmouth raised money for the charity Project Return. There were varied stalls selling cakes and books as well as china and gifts.
The charity was originally set up over 40 years ago in Leamington Spa in order to support children and arrange adoptions during the war period in Vietnam. Although there is now peace, the decades of war still affect the infrastructure and the economy there, and the work done by the charity helps to promote education, health and vocational training, through a sponsorship scheme encompassing age groups from kindergarten to university.
Ron Harbour set up the Norah Harbour Bursary Fund in memory of his late wife who died five years ago. They adopted a Vietnamese child 43 years ago and so it is a cause very dear to Ron's heart. The bursary fund helps to support the work of Project Return.
“It's been quite busy,” said Ron. “ Last year we managed to raise over £800 so I'm hoping we can repeat that today.”
A coffee morning is held each year and all the funds go directly to help the education of poor children in Vietnam. They help to provide funds for the building of clinics and kindergartens, which enable children from more rural areas to attend school or university. They also assist financially with vocational training courses such as mechanics, carpentry, sewing and hairdressing – providing the tools for the job, and helping them to find employment once they are qualified.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us here today – we wouldn't have been able to do it without them,” added Ron's wife Celia.

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