International Wheelchair Day a success!

What a momentous day, the rain held off and we even got some sun yesterday morning, before the deluge of rain in the afternoon. The gods were looking out for us for sure. It was the biggest Wheelchair Day event ever in Kathmandu, with over 400 participants and 143 registered wheelchair users – wow! While the rally hit the streets complete with policy escort, I stayed behind to man the video camera to capture the two artists at work on their canvases.  The large acrylic work is by Sanjaya Bantawa and the smaller fine detail piece of art is by Nowang Tshering. Sanjaya’s piece will be sold at his upcoming solo exhibition, whilst Nowang’s piece will be auctioned at the upcoming SIRC Gala Dinner and Silent Auction event on April 4th. Check out some photos of the celebration on FB, courtesy of  Cecile Knapp and myself. The media turns out in spades which we were delighted with.  I’ll update this post once the articles appear online. Congrats to Prakash Shrestha, SIRC Administrative Director and to Cecile Knapp, SIRC Volunteer from Austria who specially came to Nepal for 10 days to assist with the organization of the event.  And many thanks to the SIRC staff who worked their day off, bringing over 20 patients from SIRC – no mean feat to get fragile patients and their wheelchairs on the staff bus for a 1.5 hour journey.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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