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The Suburb enjoys the snow


         he snow fall on Sunday 24th   gloomy days of lockdown when   impressive six pack on the               BEVERLEY TAYLOR                                       MICHAEL ELEFTHERIADES
      TJanuary transformed the Heath   things almost felt a bit normal.  Heath Extension, the impressive
      Extension, Central Square and   Some very talented residents   igloo in Waterlow Court made by
      the woods from muddy bogs   made the most of it by creating   compressing snow into blocks
      into  winter  wonderlands  for  a   their own ice sculptures. In true   (the authentic way!) and, of course,
      couple of magical days.    Banksy style, ice sculptures   many wonderful snowmen.
         Delighted children and adults   popped up overnight. There was   Thank you residents for all
      alike were drawn outside, despite   the beautiful ice woman who   the wonderful photographs.We
      the cold, to make snowmen,  sat demurely crossed-legged on   couldn’t print them all but here
      throw snowballs and toboggan.  her  bench  in  Meadway  Court,  are a few…
      It was a small respite from the   the startling ice man with an   SHELLEY-ANNE SALISBURY                 BEVERLEY TAYLOR                                       MICHAEL ELEFTHERIADES









































                                Trek to Rome for Kidasha                             DAVID LEDERMAN


         ll being well, I will embark   efforts to improve the lives of   Severe restrictions on going out,  pandemic. Whilst shielding, I
      A   on a virtual trek to Rome on   children and young people   which are very strictly enforced   decided to challenge myself by
      1st March to raise money for   growing up in chronic poverty   in Nepal, are particularly harsh   boosting my walking efforts –
      Nepal children’s charity Kidasha,  in Nepal, lives that risk being   for the children who very often   both as a means of exercise and
      of which I once was Chairman.  devastated by the wider impact   live in substandard, overcrowded   fundraising for charity. Between
      I have been shielding from Covid   of the COVID-19 pandemic. The   and tiny accommodation and   April and December 2020, I
      at home since March 2020 and   charity aims to mitigate the impact   have little or no access to   completed over 7,000 laps of
      will walk 12,250 laps of a   on children of the widespread   internet learning, hospitals and   the field behind my home, the
      secluded field behind my home   loss of family income by helping   healthcare generally.  equivalent of the distance from
      to complete the 1,111 miles   them to return to schools when   Having made many treks   Golders Green to John O’Groats.
      from the Suburb to St Peter’s   they re-open and protecting   through the Himalayas and other   At the same rate, the new trek will
      Basilica in Rome (a bit less than   them from the risks of being   places with my wife Ruth in aid   take  14 months, but,  allowing
      the  distance  from  Mumbai  to   forced into child marriage,  of Kidasha over the last 15 years   for the field to be flooded for 3
      Kathmandu).  I  will  follow  the   being exploited into work or  – including to Annapurna and   months (as it was this winter), I
      traditional pilgrimage route and   being compelled live on the   Everest Base Camps in 2006 and   aim to finish by September 2022.
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         The funds raised from my   abuse and/or ease the economic   a new way to give my support   trek by two months by a bout of
      trek will go to support Kidasha’s   burden on their families).  to this enterprise during the   pneumonia over Christmas, but
                                                                                      I hope completing this challenge
                                                                                      will encourage others to continue
                                                                                      supporting Kidasha and other
                                                                                      charities in 2021 in any way
                                                                                      they can.
                                                                                         I would hate for the pandemic
                                                                                      to get in the way of my support
                                                                                      reaching those children and
                                                                                      young people who so desperately
                                                                                      need our help – but I shall, of
                                                                                      course, miss all the cheese and
                                                                                      wine (and mountains) I’d be
                                                                                      enjoying on my progress through
                                                                                      France and Italy if I were able to
                                                                                      do this on the ground!
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                                                                                      Nepal many times, and have   are bringing further turmoil to   does preventing neglect, abuse
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                                                                                      witnessed first-hand the critical   those already navigating a very   and exploitation of disadvantaged,
  Y                                                                                   work the charity does to provide   difficult life. I hope that my local   working and street children in
                                                                                      vulnerable young people with   community will join me in   Nepal - www.kidasha.org. If you
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                                                                                      an opportunity of a better future.  providing the funds needed to   wish to donate please go to my
  MY
                                                                                      Amidst  the  renewed  crisis  the   overcome poverty and need in   fund-raising page at: https://
  CY                                                                                  pandemic  has  brought  to  the   this, the second poorest country   uk.virginmoneygiving.com/
                                                                                      region (after the earthquakes of   in Asia (by GDP per capita). Read   MichaelJacobs14.
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                                                                                      2015), the harsh winter months   about the great work Kidasha     MICHAEL JACOBS
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