We did well on the silent auction

Friday was an excessively busy day, but apart from a few hitches, we were pretty happy with how SIRC’s first ever Silent Auction and Dinner Fundraiser went off.  A total of Rs.177,000 was raised, a little under target but we are not complaining.  Miss Nepal met all our guests and also handed out the gifts to the successful bidders – that caused some excitement!  The venue at Dhokaima Cafe was lovely, the band were great and a great evening was had by all. The concept of a silent auction is not known at all in Nepal, so we spent much of our time educating our guests on how it works.  Interestingly enough, the Nepalese prefer ‘stuff” such as paintings, sarees, books and subscriptions rather than “experience” items such as weekends away – different to what Canadians like.  But now that we have sussed that out, we will be able to adjust accordingly next time round. Rozina had to attend her grandfather’s funeral so could not attend, but Binay and Nikita stepped up to the challenge as always.  Thanks to Karen for her help despite not feeling 100%, and also to Chanda who helped out given Udaya’s daughter took ill and he had to go home.  The SIRC team did it again! And I just realised that was my last fundraiser here with SIRC, I leave in a few weeks time (April 30) for Bangladesh – time really has flown! A few photos of the evening.

Karen & Chanda at the ticket table

Karen & Chanda at the ticket table

Prachanda Shrestha, SISN President giving his welcome address

Prachanda Shrestha, SISN President giving his welcome address

Examining the sarees

Examining the sarees

Kanak Mani Dixit, Founder of SIRC with Miss Nepal

Kanak Mani Dixit, Founder of SIRC with Miss Nepal

Dr Anil, Esha and a guest getting the dancing going

Dr Anil, Esha and a guest getting the dancing going

The band!

The band!

Esha looking magnificent in her pink saree, giving the thank you address.

Esha looking magnificent in her pink saree, giving the thank you address.

Nikita, Chanda and I enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the event.  We deserved it!

Nikita, Chanda and I enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the event. We deserved it!

Aarjit & Binay checking out the photos of the evening.  Congrats to Aarjit who volunteerrs at SIRC and who just got accepted to Berkeley medical school - wow!

Aarjit & Binay checking out the photos of the evening. Congrats to Aarjit who volunteers at SIRC and who just got accepted to Berkeley medical school – wow!

 

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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One Response to We did well on the silent auction

  1. Grace Coffey says:

    Congrats to all! Looks like a great night out and a fabulous fundraiser. gx

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