Photos of 9th SIRC Charity Golf Tournament

Before we get into the photos, our tournament got a mention in the Himalayan Times – woohoo! Here are a few shots from the golf tourney on Saturday

Royal Nepal Golf Club is right by the airport, look out the city side when you are flying in and you'll see the expanse of green.  Most don't see it, they are too busy looking at the Himalayas!

Royal Nepal Golf Club is right by the airport, look out the city side when you are flying in and you’ll see the expanse of green. Most don’t see it, they are too busy looking at the Himalayas!

Welcome sign to our tourney

Welcome sign to our tourney

Many thanks to our donors from Canada, Ireland, England as well as many from Nepal.  It was a global affair

Many thanks to our donors from Canada, Ireland, England as well as many from Nepal. It was a global affair

A few golfers at Hole #10, close to the club house

A few golfers at Hole #10, close to the club house

Tables were set up both outside on the lawn, on the patio as well as inside the restaurant.

Tables were set up both outside on the lawn, on the patio as well as inside the restaurant.

The happy winners!

The happy winners with Prachanda Shrestha, SIRC Chair and Tournament Organizer (m)

Each winner got a trophy and a prize.  Pretty nice trophies eh?  Fashioned in glass to mirror the 'spine' and the SIRC logo

Each winner got a trophy and a prize. Pretty nice trophies eh? Fashioned in glass to mirror the ‘spine’ and the SIRC logo

The interns with myself, Prakash, Esha and the visiting medical team from Switzerland currently delivering training at SIRC in physio, nursing, doctoring & OT.

The interns with myself, Prakash, Esha and the visiting medical team from Switzerland currently delivering training at SIRC in physio, nursing, doctoring & OT.

It was a lot of hard work on the day, as golf tournaments always are, but worth it in the end.  We sat back and enjoyed a few cold ones once the golfers had left. The SIRC website will be updated with photos etc, later today.

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in the north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. 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 2013-2014. 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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