Jan 30 event – Silent Auction Goodies

A sneak peak at some of the items that will be available for your bids at my event on January 30, 2016.  The price of some items range range from as low as $5 up to $100 – something for everyone!

All items are donated, 100% of the proceeds go to the ongoing needs of SIRC.

See you there.

Beautiful Nak wool blanket

Cozy Nak wool blanket

Selection of knitted & felted items by Nepali artisans

Selection of knitted and felted items by Nepali artisans

Hand embroidered Nepali pashmina

Stunning colours! A hand-embroidered Nepali pashmina

Selection of Nepali spices

For the cook in the house! A variety of Nepali spices

Handknitted cardigans by Cathy Bruce

Beautiful handknit cardigans by Bowen’s very own Cathy Bruce


Selection of Nepali jewellery

A selection of Nepali jewelery – some bold items, some delicate pieces – suiting all palates!

Selection of colourful Nepali pashminas

A colourful array of Nepali pashminas. I have pashminas in more muted colours too.

Laguiole wine opener

For the home sommelier – a Laguiole wine opener

Meditation set blessed by a Lama

A meditation set witha scroll of wise words from the Dalai Lama, prayer flags, mala beads and incense – all blessed by a Lama at the Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

Coach bag with brass trim

Black Coach bag with brass trim, generously donated by Chris Malcolm

Wallhanging of typical Nepali village

Lovely handwoven wall hanging of a typical Nepali rural village.


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 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 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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  1. Pingback: Mark your calendars – January 30, 2016! | Bowen to Bangladesh

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