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How one Kildrum resident plans to benefit the lives of so many

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 00:00 GMT on Saturday 21st May, 2011.
Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.

HOW do you plan to change the world? Mohandas Gandhi once said that “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” And, one such man is Neil Wotherspoon. 

The Kildrum resident is planning to go abroad with the Samaritan Purse; a project which will see him travel to Ukraine to help children and adults affected by HIV/ Aids', learning difficulties or emotional/ mental problems.
 
Samaritan's Purse.
 
The Samaritan's Purse has been running over thirty years and helps people all over the world, in nearly twenty countries.
 
This year's venture takes place between 30th July and August 8th, and will help people in Poltava, a town not far from Kiev, in Ukraine. Whilst here, Samaritan's Purse will set up a summer camp and work with local parishes to educate, help and prepare children, and adults alike, for the world, as well as helping people with issues affecting their lives'.

Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.
 
Public Support.
 
"I've only just started running my fundraising efforts, catching people on Twitter at different times and asking people to retweet my announcements.
 
"The most surprising retweets I’ve had has been from Nicola Sturgeon, Jamie Hepburn and Gregg McClymont. 
 
"I'm really happy and surprised with the level of public support I've received, seeing as I've only been promoting it through Twitter and Facebook.
 
"But I must also show homage to my close friends, families and colleagues. They have all been spreading the word and collecting donations and sponsoring me for my walk and back wax, they have been really supportive."
 
 
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Experience.

In 2010, Neil travelled to Belarus, on his own money, after he became involved with the Samaritan's Purse through their "Operation Christmas Child", which was held annually at Neil's workplace.
 
After learning more about the Samaritan's Purse and experiencing it first-hand Neil decided to raise the funds to go again, in the 2011 Samaritan's Purse mission to Ukraine.
 
But Neil didn't just wait one year for the opportunity to roll round; Neil became a volunteer at the Samaritan's Purse warehouse.
 
“I first got involved with this project through my work's 'Christmas Children' appeal and I'm going abroad to really make a difference to people's lives'. It’s amazing the little things that we all take for granted; those things that we wouldn't even think twice about.”

Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.

Life Changing.
 
The Samaritan's Purse project will take children from all walks of life and "give them a break", Neil told us.
 
"There could be over fifty children at the camp, as well as adults; but I'll be working with the children.
 
"The children will be able to escape their lives by learning and reading stories, playing with other kids, taking part in craft activities and learning about HIV/ Aids. Whilst the adults will be able to get therapy and massages."
 
Help Neil.
 
Neil will be holding  a sponsored back wax, with his friend, Paul O'Hare and Neil will also take part in the Samaritan's Purse's "Turn On The Tap" walk, which will see participants walk the average distance and terrain that women, in Africa, are forced to endure to collect water.
 
If you want to sponsor Neil or Paul, you can contact Neil by telephoning 07795544159, or by emailing him at neileo@360.com. You can also donate online, for Neil's Samaritan's Purse trip, to Ukraine, here: http://www.justgiving.com/neileo.

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