by Gayle Barnett
The Cooloola Dragon Boat Club would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to our fundraising dinner ‘A Taste of Nepal’, last month.
In particular Rosemary and all of the staff at the Tin Can Bay Yacht Club Restaurant, who generously offered the kitchen facilities and their valuable assistance on the night.
The response from our tiny community was heart-warming, with all tables being reserved within days of announcing the event and we apologise to those who missed out (we know there were many more who tried to book).
Over $3000 was raised on the night… which has now been directly put to good use providing emergency shelter, medical care, food and clean water to those in desperate need before the immediate onset of the wet season.
I would like to share this message from our guide leader and good friend Nawar Tamang (Dorje):
Dear Aunty warmest Namaste and wishes from us,
I am writing this message to say big thank you for help given to Nepal & Nepali people. I am involved in taking help to many small places. Everyone is happy with me but I tell them the help is from our Australian friends.
Big thanks to all my Australian friends who loved and shared our tears in our bad situations. With help of my Teen Can Bey (Tin Can Bay) friends I can do good social works in Langtang and Dhadang districts.
How lovely to hear that you collected that much money on the dinner with Nepali food – Momos and Dalbhat. And also with the Nepali folak mugic (folk music). It is really lovely to hear….Well, that help direct goes to the people where is really needed.
Namaste to everyone. I will see you in October Aunty, best wishes and namaste
Cheers…Dorje and family and friends
(I am sorry for my poor english writing Hopefully you understand all what I meaning …)
I’m sure that we all understand very well what Dorje means!
Well, the ‘weather-gods’ weren’t quite smiling down on us for our 20km paddle out in Tin Can Bay inlet… so we resorted to plan B and set a course on Snapper Creek, which proved challenging enough!
But you can’t keep a good dragon boat crew down and the local team accomplished their mission in a little over two hours. A wonderful achievement!
Just as impressive was the fundraising effort which raised over $2,500 in sponsorship pledges and donations, not only from our local communities but also from supporters of our Gympie members.
A big thanks to all!
The generosity and compassion shown by our small communities is truly amazing! Namaste is a small word with many uses and meanings – the literal meaning and the one I intend here is “I salute the God in you”… so to all who have supported our efforts, a very sincere….