28th May, 2015
We met Nepal’s Consul General, Deepak Khadka, in North Sydney yesterday and handed over a Bank cheque for $22789.00.
Within next few days, we will hand-over the remaining $221.00 which was received from our friend, Kashif Amjad, after the Bank cheque was already issued.
At the Nepal Consulate-General, I was accompanied by Indian Australian Association of NSW treasurer, Chidanand Puttarevanna, and Yateender Gupta, CPA, who has audited the account about the fundraised money.
Nepal suffered a massive earthquake recently, killing more than 8500 people and causing massive destruction.
Here is my previous Blog post with details of how we raised the money for Nepal and who gave the donation. https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/let-us-do-our-part-to-support-victims-of-nepal-earthquake/
I was informed that our fundraised money is the biggest amount raised from any Indian Australian community group/network.
We are proud and very pleased with what we have done for our brothers and sisters in Nepal.
We are proud of, and grateful to, everyone who has given any donation, but are especially grateful to business like Value World Travel, which contributed $4250.00. I can not express in words how appreciative and grateful I am to the generosity and kindness of this Australian business, Value World Travel.
I am grateful to Maya Da Dhaba for $1000.00, Sharmas Kitchen for $1000.00, Basava Samithi Australia network for $1000.00, my personal staff (I and my staff) for $700, Billu’s Eatery for $685.00, Gaurav Suri for $600.00, Ravi Lochan Singh for $500, Gurdeep Singh for $500, Dr Bharathi Reddy and /Sri Ranga Reddy for $500.00, Vijay and Kusum Kejriwal for $500.00, Dr Lila and Baltej Singh for $500.00 and Jagdish Lodhia for $400.00. All of them are gems of our community.
Special words of appreciation are due for Pravin Gupta for his persistence, encouragement, support and effort in this project.
We did not waste even a single Cent in this fundraising and have handed over every cent which we have collected.
We did not spend even a single Cent in food, beverages or holding of any event. That is indeed a no mean achievement.
We have completed this work following the principles of transparency and accountability. Each step was described and is out in open.
This work has re-affirmed our belief that our community has a vast number of decent, caring and good-hearted people, who will open their hearts, and pockets too, if they have the assurance and trust that their money will not be swindled or scammed.
I give everyone my personal 100% guarantee that I have never allowed, and will never allow, any public money to be swindled or scammed away, if I am part of any such project.
Dr Yadu Singh
President, Indian Australian Association of NSW Inc