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June 22, 2009

By Brian Coates
Halifax Evening Courier
19 June 2009
 
A VOLUNTEER fund-raiser is back from a six month stint working in India.
 
Jodie Underhill, 33, of Cornholme, Todmorden, has campaigned and raised funds through her Love 4 Tibet support group.
 
She spent her time working at the Tibetan Children's Village Schools advising sponsorship secretaries on attracting fund-raising, and is also upgrading its website to help bring in funds to increase the numbers of sponsored children.
 
"Being admitted to the TCV must be every Tibetan child's dream. The children receive an excellent education, a luxury not available to many," said Miss Underhill, a former hospice volunteer co-ordinator.
 
She also worked with street children in Delhi through the Salaam Baalak Trust and said it was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.
 
"I helped out at a shelter for 60 boys many of whom had physical disabilities or had survived terrible hardships," she said.
 
Miss Underhill helped with environmental projects in Himachal Pradesh in northern India organising clean-ups, waste disposal and recycling projects.
 
"India is one of the most beautiful but dirtiest countries I've ever been to. I have never seen so much rubbish," she said.
 
Her next event is at the Venue Nightclub, Todmorden, on June 27. It will raise cash forthe Salaam Baalak Trust and the Cornholme Community Project.
 
She can be contacted on ujodie@hotmail.com
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