Win signed Steven Gerrard pic as Padiham man fights to save orphanage

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A PADIHAM man who volunteered at an orphanage in Indonesia is holding a fund-raising event to help it stay open.

Christian Helm (39), of Burnley Road, was struck by the plight of the YKPA Orphanage in Bali after setting off travelling round the region in September 2009.

But volunteers have been told the orphanage will close unless they find the equivalent of £40,000.

The fund-raising event will take place upstairs at Ighten Leigh Social Club in Burnley on Saturday, February 18th, from 7 p.m.

There will be a raffle, with prizes including a Lancashire County Cricket shirt, signed by all the team, a signed Steven Gerrard picture and certificate of authenticity, a signed Burnley Football Club shirt and a signed Jimmy McIlroy picture, and music from band The Blackjacks.

Admission is £3 and all proceeds will go towards the orphanage.

Christian, who plans to return to Bali soon, said: “I set off travelling in September 2009 and I started seeing the touristy parts of Southeast Asia and I stumbled across Cambodia. There was so much poverty, I had to do something about it so I spent the rest of my time working across Asia.

“People don’t realise unless they see it for themselves. There was one little girl at the orphanage and her parents gave her up because they were living on the streets and begging for a living. You can’t change the world but you can make a bit of a difference.”