The OYAM Memorial Hall Project is a fundraising campaign to build a memorial hall, with an extension to the Shree Gupteshwor school to provide essential hostel accommodation, an IT studio, library, and facilities for the children in the rural village community of OYAM which is in a remote area of Nepal.
On the 22nd of February 2022, Lance Corporal Rajan Limbu (Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support) and Major General DF Capps CBE, Commandant, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) presented a cheque to Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Gilham and Major Chakra Khatri, representatives from the OYAM Memorial Hall Project (OMHP) at RMAS.
Lance Corporal Rajan ran 5km a day for 30 days and smashed his original target of £1500 by raising an impressive amount of £5459.27, more than triple his goal. He said: ‘’ I am very proud to have such a supportive team around who helped me raise such an incredible amount. The strength of purpose drove me both physically and mentally. I am most grateful to my family, friends and all who donated so generously and my Officer Commanding, Major Shureshkumar Thapa MVO The Royal Gurkha Rifles for his unfailing support and all ranks of Gurkha Company (Sittang).’’
The funds were raised in the loving memory of Lance Corporal Rajan’s late mother Mrs Prem Maya Limbu. The project is being executed by the Pahar Trust Nepal with support from Hello World, the Gurkha Welfare Trust, other Brigade of Gurkhas units and individuals. The aim of the project is “Nepal ko Nimti” and we are confident on achieving our target of £184,000 for the project to start in April 2022.
For his commendable effort, Rajan was awarded with Commandant RMAS’s Coin and Lieutenant General Sir David Bill KCB, PTN’s “Certificate of Thanks”. Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Paul Gilham presented a statue of Field Marshal WJ Slim to Officer Commanding Major Shureshkumar Thapa MVO for GC(S) and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all.
By Lance Corporal Rajan Limbu, Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support