Deepak Gurung

Following the first devastating earthquake experienced recently in Nepal, local communities in the Western Isles came together to raise funds to help those affected. 

In Tong last Friday, a takeaway curry night was organised by a local Nepalese chef and his family and friends.  Deepak Gurung who is originally from Pokhara, Nepal and now lives in Tong said “Fortunately all my family in Nepal are safe, but seeing the devastation back home and feeling so helpless, we decided we needed to do something to try and help.”  


Within a couple of days local businesses were offering to help with donations of ingredients, an event page was created on Facebook and within minutes orders began to come flooding through. 

Deepak’s wife Michelle was delighted at how quickly the community sprang into action to support the cause, stating, “the immediate and steady stream of orders coming through was overwhelming .  It allowed us to plan what needed to be cooked – orders were coming from Tong, Stornoway and from as far away as Balallan!  We had to close the order book after two days as we’d already reached our capacity of 500 orders, it was a fantastic response!”  

Organisers were delighted that the event raised so much money.  It was hard work but judging by feedback received, the hard work paid off as countless posts were made on the Facebook page by supporters commenting on how delicious their meals were.

Organisers would like to thank the local suppliers who donated generously to the event: Charles Macleod Butchers, Staran Community Interest Company, Gael Pack, Grillburger Ltd and Wilsons Couriers.  A spokesperson from Charles Macleod Butchers said “We at Charles Macleod Butcher’s were proud to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause and a great community fundraising event. The organisers have raised a terrific amount of money for Nepal, and we were delighted to be able to help with this”.

The event raised a staggering £3,126.30 and organisers hope it’s the first of many fundraising events which will take place over the coming weeks.

Uig community also stepped up to help support the appeal on Saturday night.  Following their take away curry night, Uig organisers said they were astounded at the response. Janet Macleod said, “Basically, we ran out of food after 40 minutes, served over 70 meals and made a staggering £1200! We would like to thank everyone who helped prepare and serve food, donated or in any other way supported this venture.”