Lumbini here I come!!

It’s official, Ram has just 31kms to complete his Wheelchair Yaatra as at this morning.  So the celebration we are organizing will definitely take place on Friday April 18th at 8am.  Looks like I will be on the road tomorrow Thursday to get there in time! Very exciting for Ram, I spoke to him  by Skype yesterday and he is pumped.  A definite hero and inspiration to us all.  Jai Ram!

Just 31kms to go

Just 31kms to go

We sent this Wheelchair Yaatra Completion Press Release – Lumbini in both English and Nepali, to all the media.  we have had some really good coverage thus far so it would be great to get them out to this celebration. And here is the invitation posted on SIRC facebook in the hopes the Friends of SIRC will come out in their droves to help celebrate this momentous occasion.  We think this is the first ever Wheelchair Yaatra of it’s kind in Nepal.

Invitation posted on SIRC facebook

Invitation posted on SIRC facebook.  Double click to get a closer look.

We are all set 🙂 Check out the SIRC website for more info.  

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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2 Responses to Lumbini here I come!!

  1. Grace Coffey says:

    Enjoy the celebrations – Ram is an inspiration!

  2. bkmiec says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to RAM and all those who supported him, including you, Kate, on his successful completion of the Yaatra!!! It must have been such an amazing, emotional, proud moment to see him roll into Lumbini!!!

    I was pleased to learn the news, here: https://www.facebook.com/SpinalNepal?fref=ts
    and look forward to hearing your update on the celebrations and the experience when you’ve time to post.

    xoxo
    Barb

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