Canberra, Australia – 1 September 2017 – Impoverished and remote communities in Nepal will benefit from the REACH for Nepal Foundation’s first ever fundraising gala dinner, which raised over $17,000 overnight (Thursday 31 August).
Founded in Canberra by Lachhu Thapa and Lou Nulley, the REACH for Nepal Foundation provides practical and financial assistance to rural communities in Nepal. They started the foundation in response to the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April 2015, which killed over 8500 people, flattened villages and left thousands injured. To date, the foundation has raised close to $60,000 and delivered projects including the rebuilding of classrooms, libraries and other infrastructure to support rural schools and communities in remote areas of
Over 300 guests attended the gala dinner, including REACH for Nepal Foundation ambassador and Olympic Games gold medallist Kim Brennan.
Co-founder and director Lachhu Thapa said that funds raised from the event will go towards community projects in Western Nepal.
“The REACH for Nepal Foundation is on a mission to support communities less fortunate than our own. All funds raised from the gala dinner will enable us to work on even more projects in Nepal and help more communities become self-sustaining, build schools and libraries and support education outcomes,” he said.
“We’ve been blown away by the generosity of the Canberra community, including businesses such as Richard Rolfe, Barlens, Pushys Fyshwick, and Mont Adventure Equipment. Thanks to their support, we can make a real difference to the lives of children, families and communities in Nepal.”
The biggest donation on the night came from Rotary Club of Hall, with president Yvonne Robson donating a cheque of $5,000 to the foundation.
The gala dinner is expected to become REACH for Nepal Foundation’s main fundraiser in coming years.
Interviews with REACH for Nepal Foundation co-founders Lachhu Thapa and Lou Nulley are available on request.
About the REACH for Nepal Foundation
The REACH for Nepal Foundation was formed in August 2015 to provide practical and financial assistance to rural Nepalese communities affected by the earthquake. It works to improve the lives of Nepalese people through initiating and supporting programs that assist earthquake-affected communities to rebuild schools and libraries, provide educational scholarships, foster sustainability, enhance the skills of local teachers and extend participation in sporting activities. The foundation’s priority is assisting people in remote areas of Nepal that have not been reached by other aid agencies. Many of these are only accessible on foot. https://reachfornepal.org/