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 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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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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