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.