Belfast Telegraph

IT wizard Luke in tune with big trip

Last weekend, country and blues provided the background music to an American Breakfast fundraiser for Bangor man Luke Stewart.

By the end of Saturday morning, £1400 had been raised, to help Luke as he heads off in January to work as a volunteer for three months in Nepal.

But it’s not a case of escaping the post Christmas blues or a need for a tan — more to do with using his skills as a qualified electrician to assist in the rebuilding of Dadeldhura hospital.

Set in the far west of the country, it seeks to provide medical services for the rural poor.

Luke (22), a former pupil of Bangor Academy and Ards College, will be going out under the banner of Fonic Trust, a North Down and Ards-based charity that resources Nepali projects and workers.

He will be working with local engineers, wiring and fitting out the new hospital complex.

Luke is also an IT wizard and will be providing technical assistance to some of the ethical small businesses Fonic are associated with.

Luke explained why he wanted to fly off to the other side of the world fas a volunteer: “I want to use the skills I have to serve others,” he said.

“I’m starting with Nepal, because I have friends working there, the McMillans, and they’ve really inspired me to travel and help others.”

He added, “I’ve been doing lots of overtime, but the money raised here today will really help me over the three months I’m out there.”

Luke says he is really looking forward to this visit — he heads off on January 13 and is due to return in mid April.

Luke and his family are members of Kings Fellowship, Seacliffe Road, so if anyone would like more information on how they could support Luke on his trip then contact the Kings office, tel 02891 457413, or email Or log onto the Fonic Trust website.

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