Rs 10 m raised in UK for Help Nepal Fund
In what may be the first incident of this kind, over Rs 10 million has been raised in the UK on a single day in aid of Rs 100 million endowment fund being set up by the Help Nepal Network, a charity organisation based in Kathmandu.
|(From left) Nepal’s ambassador to UK Suresh Chalise, Help Nepal Network founder president Rabindra Mishra and advisor of HNN-UK Surya Gurung at a fundraising event organised in London on Sunday, 18 Aug 2013. Over Rs 10 million has been raised in the UK for HNN’s activities in Nepal. Nepalnews.com (Courtesy: Milan Tamu)
Advisor of the Help Nepal Network UK and chief coordinator of the fund-raising programme, Surya Gurung, informed that Rs 10,70,0000 was raised from the event. He thanked all those who contributed to the fund and helped make the campaign a great success.
Chief guest at the programme and Nepal’s ambassador to the UK, Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise, lauded the charitable activities being carried out by the Help Nepal Network. He also urged Nepalis living abroad to help schools, health posts and other development activities in their villages back home.
President of the Non-Resident Nepalis Association UK chapter, Kul Acharya, recalled that NRNA and Help Nepal Network had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement charitable activities in Nepal jointly. He said NRNA UK chapter stood ready to work in close collaboration with the Help Nepal Network in the days ahead.
Founder President of the Help Nepal Network, Rabindra Mishra, thanked the Nepali community in the UK for their generous contribution to the Endowment Fund. Saying that when the state is weak, citizens should take up a greater responsibility, Mishra added that even a small contribution from Nepalese living abroad could make positive changes in the lives of people in remote areas.
Patriotic songs and dance were presented at the programme organised at The Connaught School, Aldershot.
Fund-raising coordinators, donors, sponsors and volunteers were felicitated at the function. Treasurer of the Help Nepal Network UK chapter Sachin Shrestha welcomed all the participants while Bhagirath Yogi delivered the vote of thanks.
Earlier, nearly Rs 110 million was collected by organising similar events in Australia and New Zealand.
Established in 1999, Help Nepal Network has completed over 100 projects in more than 50 districts of Nepal in health, education and humanitarian emergency situation. The Network (www.helpnepalnetwork.net) which has got chapters in over one dozen countries, encourages Nepalese residing abroad to contribute one pound or one dollar a month to support these projects. nepalnews.com