Yesterday’s fundraiser a hit!

I always worry whenever I do a fundraiser, that no one will turn up and I’ll be like Billy No Mates at the Gallery …. but I should not have worried so much.


Bowen Island’s finest came out showing their full support for me and SIRC, and those who could not make it send their love and support (and cheques too – I am so grateful to live in such a caring community.

Everything went off a treat thanks to the team of volunteers who helped me

  • set up the Gallery (Bowen, Casey and Brinley Wright)
  • run the computer (Ian),
  • serve the Dal Bhat and milk tea (Kate, Heidi, Weldon and Judi),
  • handle tix at the door and cash-wrangling (Bev and Muriel),
  • raffle sales (Jlonka) and
  • the silent auction gang (Bonnie and Cathy)
  • silent auction shopping crew in Bhaktapur (Sangita, Nikita and Nistha)

Thank you slide

With lots of leftover food, someone had the brilliant idea to sell it today – we did!  Bev, Weldon and I set ourselves up in Bonnie’s Phoenix Book & Toy store in Village Square on Bowen Island.  It was a hit and we managed to raise an additional $185 to boot.

Aloo Ko Aachar with beaten rice

All our hard work paid off as ….. we raised a whopping CAD$3,685 | Nr.300,000.  I can’t thank you enough! It will make such a difference to patients in need at SIRC.

Bowen Island can stand proud today.

Check out a few photos taken by the talented Bowen Wright.  Many more photos can also be found here.

A few of the supporters

The volunteers









Sangita and I

NIkita Nistha and I


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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3 Responses to Yesterday’s fundraiser a hit!

  1. Renée says:

    so well done dear Kate!!!!!

  2. Pingback: Bowen Island’s generosity put to work | Bowen to Bangladesh

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