We had an excessively cold few days at the weekend that lasted until Tuesday. Rain, sleet in some places and very very cold. No sun means no hot showers so generally a miserable few days. I had to pull out my winter woolies again, clearly I was far too confident that Spring had really settled in. Wed & Thurs saw the sun shine (which meant warm showers thankfully) and everyone cheered up no end.
The three MBA interns (Rozina, Nikita and Binay) started last Sunday, poor them it was one of the coldest days so not very good first day – roll on that heating system! Once I had got through the SIRC 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and corresponding deliverables on Sunday, we finished early before we all froze in the office. Monday they got stuck into the work. They work well as a team and get things done – yay!
So far this week, the press releases were sent for the upcoming golf tournament and the database of potential sponsors with current contact names, addresses, phone #s and email addresses, was created. No more scrambling for these contacts every year, now there is a central database that can be maintained and updated … and used for email and mail merges very easily. Yesterday the letters requesting donations (hole sponsors, cash donations and prize donations) were prepared and are being hand delivered today. Why hand delivered? Because there is no postal system in Nepal, and apparently you cannot trust receipt of emails (extra-vigilant SPAM), so best to hand deliver. So all three interns are on their motorbikes today, hand delivering just under 80 letters and will follow up with phone calls next week. Fortunately the sun is shining and it’s not too cold, so should be a fairly pleasant day!
They have also worked on recommendations for the revision of the SIRC website so I am keen to see that tomorrow when they return to the office. Cecile Knapp is a SIRC volunteer from Austria who arrives here tomorrow (Friday) for a few weeks. Her specialty is communications so our work on the website is perfectly timed. Cecile along with Prakash the Admin Director, organize the International Wheelchair Day event on April 1st, so Cecile will be around until then. In other news, check out this link – CONGRATS to Bharat Adhikari and Sonika Dhakal for coming 2nd and 3rd placings respectively in the Hero Kantipur Half Marathon | Wheelchair 3km race yesterday. Both Bharat and Sonika are ex-patients and current Peer Counsellors at SIRC. We are proud of them! Both Bharat and Sonika are also board members of the Nepal Spinal Cord Injury Sports Association and are remarkable human beings.
Although they do not want a big hullaboo about it, much appreciation to friends of my long-time friend AnneMarie Buckley who all live in Christchurch, New Zealand – Belinda Curtis and Liam Sullivan. Belinda and Liam made a very generous donation to the Child Haven Kathmandu children’s home. I’ll be picking up the items from the hotel this weekend and will be at Child Haven on Monday, meeting Bonnie Cappuccino – Founder of Child Haven – who is on her annual visit to all the Child Haven homes in this region. Good luck to Liam in his Everest Base Camp trek. He has probably endured the Namche Hill (aka mountain!) and arrived in Namche Bazaar today. Enjoy your well deserved acclimatization day tomorrow Liam!
And finally, there’s a bit of competition going on at Lok’s place. Any rugby fans out there will know the Six Nations is underway, and of course Ireland have won their first two games. They play old rivals England on Saturday. England have also won their first two games, both teams are very strong so it should be a good game. It could go either way! Young Harry at Lok’s place is a huge rugby fan and from London ….. as you can imagine that makes for interesting discussions at the dinner table. We are all headed into Kathmandu to watch the game. Thanks to Esha’s husband Kiran, he found that the FC – The Sports Bar in Kathmandu will be showing the game. It starts at 4pm in Twickenham (away game for Ireland) which is 10pm our time. Should be a good night, and a late one. Will be in constant text-communication with Sinead and Grace watching the game in Newcastle 🙂 GO ON THE BOYS IN GREEN!