A fundraising dinner has raised £10,000 for the Nepal earthquake appeal.
The event was Organised by the Rotary club of Harrogate Brigantes, with 107 attending The Crown Hotel in Harrogate. It was supported by the Hotel and many suppliers, meaning that every penny of the £55 ticket price went to the charity.
- Economic cost of the earthquake is estimated to be anywhere between $1 billion to $10 billion
- Nepal annual GDP of approximately $20 billion
- Number of people killed: 8,617
- Number of people injured: 16,808
- Number of people displaced: 2.8 million
- Number of people affected: 5.6 million
- Number of people in need of food assistance: More than 1 million
- Number of hospitals damaged: 26
- Number of houses destroyed: over 473,000
Summary of Key Stakeholders and Contributors
- The event was the brainchild of The Crown Hotel and the two main organisers from their side were the MC for the evening, General Manager Sheldon Baudach, and Juna Davis, their Business Development Manager. Sheldon is also a member of Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club and Juna Davis has trekked to Everest Base Camp in the past.
- Due to the enormous generosity of both the Crown Hotel and all their suppliers (Class One Direct, R & J Farmers and Butchers, J.G. Bellerby Diary, Taylor Foods, Brakes Food Service, Matthew Clark Wholesalers, Enid Taylor Ltd Print and Design), 100% of the ticket price and funds raised on the night will go directly to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake via the existing links which Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club have out there.
- Many other local businesses also donated raffle and auction prizes or made donations to the fund
The guest speaker for the evening was former Gurkha, Major Lil Gurung MBE. Major Lil Gurung was accompanied on the night by his brother Deu Gurung, and fellow member of the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas, Narayan Gurung (Managing Director of Cheerful Holiday Ltd) and his wife Chandra. All the Nepalese contingent were in traditional dress and handed out welcome scarves to all the guests as they entered the room.
Andy Morrison, Director of Andisa IT Consultants and President Elect of Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes said:
I’d like to say a big thank you to the small team from Rotary club of Harrogate Brigantes who organised the dinner dance on Saturday night and also to all of the sponsors who made it possible. I’m really proud to have been a part of the team.
By working with 20 local businesses, everything from the meals on the night to raffle and auction prizes were provided, ensuring that all of the £10,000 proceeds can go directly to the people in need. It’s made me realise just how lucky I am to be a business owner within the Harrogate business community. We have a special place!
When many are still working to recover from recession this partnership is something that Harrogate can be proud of.
Thank you once again!
Mr Ali Kariminik, Managing Director of the Crown Hotel Harrogate said:
The Crown Hotel Harrogate is enormously proud to be part of this fund raising event along with the Rotary club of Harrogate Brigantes. A massive thank you must also be extended to the hotels food and drink suppliers for their valued support as well as local businesses for their donations. Our close ties with Rotary, local business and suppliers has ensured a hugely successful event.
Major Lil Gurung MBE, Himalayan Gurkhas Rotary Club:
The event was well organised, the food was first class, the decorations were fitting, the raffle prizes were generous, the bidders were fantastic and the company was superb!
On behalf of The Himalayan Gurkhas and the beneficiaries of the fund, please accept my sincerest thanks.
The event was organised in association with the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes. Key organisers from the Rotary side were:
- Charlotte Gale (Charlotte Gale Photography and a member of the Catalysts – the business networking arm of Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club)
- Andy Morrison (Andisa IT and a member of the Catalysts – the business networking arm of Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club)
- Sheldon Baudach (General Manager of the Crown Hotel who is also a member of Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club)
- Fellow Rotarian Barry Pollard was also involved in the organisation, but was sadly unable to attend the event as he was visiting family in Australia.