Sausage sizzle for Nepal quake victims

Ashma Raut, at front, with colleagues Jaydon Knowles, Emily Newman, Michelle Jacobs, Rob Dudas, Lynn Taylor, Sharni Downie, Jeremy Jacobs and Kristy Dodd.
Ashma Raut, at front, with colleagues Jaydon Knowles, Emily Newman, Michelle Jacobs, Rob Dudas, Lynn Taylor, Sharni Downie, Jeremy Jacobs and Kristy Dodd.

Her home in the tiny village of Kavnepalanchowk has been flattened and she has nowhere else to go.

Now staff at downtown Woolworths, where Ashma is a familiar face in the service section, are helping raise money for her grandmother and her grandmother�s village.

On Saturday, they held a fundraising sausage sizzle, organised by fellow Woolworths staff member Heather Haines.

Funds raised will go towards building a new home for Ashma�s grandmother and helping others in the village.

In Nepal, where families gradually build their houses as they can afford it, all their money is tied up in their home.

�Once it�s lost, it�s lost,�� Ashmar said and there is no insurance coverage.

Her grandmother cannot get to Ashma�s mother�s home in Kathmandu, which has also been badly damaged, because the roads are blocked.

The appeal is not a Woolworths project, but an initiative by store staff.

Anyone wanting to help can drop a donation into the store this week.