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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1539746859584788/permalink/1542210262671781/ 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.
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