Guatams focus on aiding victims of Nepal earthquake

Prince Rupert residents can help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal by supporting the Prince Rupert Nepal Disaster Relief Fundraiser

While the North Coast may be across the world, Prince Rupert residents can help aid those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal by supporting the Prince Rupert Nepal Disaster Relief Fundraiser on Thursday.

The fundraising event was initiated by Rupertites Dinesh and Morgan Guatam, who met in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu. Dinesh is originally from Nepal and has many family members still living in the country, including his parents.

“They’re living in the middle of complete devastation right now,” said Morgan.

“People are not sure whether they should go back into their homes or not [or] if they’re homes are safe and aren’t going to fall down … We just wanted to redirect all of our worry and all of our energy into doing something positive to support.”

The event will take place at the Prince Rupert Curling Club on Thursday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will consist of a loonie and silent auction, along with food and beverages.

Some of the items being auctioned off include a three-day, two-night tour in the Khutzeymateen valued at $4,000 donated by Palmerville Adventures, a number of pieces by Prince Rupert artist Lynn Kerr Cociani and a Persian carpet from the Argosy.

Furthermore, Dinesh will also be leading a  yoga class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., that people of any skill level are welcome to participate in.

Admission for the optional class will be by donation.

All of the proceeds collected at the event will go to the Red Cross to assist those devastated by the recent earthquake in Nepal.

“People living outside of Kathmandu, that’s where more help is really needed. We’re hoping with our fundraiser we’ll be able to contribute towards that,” said Dinesh.

There has also been an account set up at Northern Savings Credit Union called “Nepal Relief Fund” for  those who are unable to attend the event.

“We just hope that people here will have compassion and will offer whatever they can,” said Morgan.