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Swansea executive head looks to help raise funds to educate Indian youngsters

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 10, 2013

By Liz Perkins

helping hand   Casllwchwr Primary School pupils  who are collecting old school jumpers as part of the school's ambitious project to help children in India.   SWCE20131009A-005_C.

helping hand Casllwchwr Primary School pupils who are collecting old school jumpers as part of the school's ambitious project to help children in India. SWCE20131009A-005_C.

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THE conditions faced by school-age children in India are a world away from the classrooms in which Swansea pupils are taught.

Simon Pridham, was so moved by a national TV report about the plight of 80 Indian pupils being taught on a patch of waste ground underneath a motorway by a shop keeper that he decided to get up and do something about it. The executive head of Casllwchwr Primary School in Loughor was inspired to set up Project Indicate after seeing a Sky News bulletin. He not only has the support of his own school but a network of schools right across Wales in his bid to bring in cash to support the youngsters in India who desperately need help.

Mr Pridham said: "My school is helping and there are 25 schools helping across Wales.

"I saw a report about a group of 80 children who are the poorest in India and are getting taught by a shop keeper on waste ground underneath a motorway. I went on Twitter to appeal for help for them after seeing the item on Sky News a week last Sunday."

He added: "I emailed Sky and said I wanted to help and now I've got a network of people to help them."

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Mr Pridham is playing host to a fundraiser at the Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli on Saturday, November 16, at 7pm. West End star Peter Karrie will be supporting the occasion which will also see signed sporting memorabilia go under the hammer, including football star Craig Bellamy's signed jersey, along with Swansea City and Cardiff City football shirts and a Welsh rugby shirt.

"We are selling tickets and have sold 10 out of 20 tables already," he said.

Mr Pridham said he was looking to raise cash to send a teaching team out to India to help give the youngsters the education they need.

Anyone wishing to donate should go to www.indicateproject.co.uk

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