The recent tragic events in Nepal seemed to strike a chord with many and it has been heartening to see the overwhelming response from those willing to help via donations, fundraising and volunteer efforts. The evening of Thursday May 7th saw a shining example of this social responsibility in action with The Canggu Club hosting The Nepal Earthquake Appeal, with monies raised at the event gazetted for distribution between UNICEF, The Red Cross and the motivated team from Bye Bye Plastic Bags in their efforts to help the victims of the recent earthquakes.
The fundraising evening kicked off after the Junior Sports Academy concluded their AFL Auskick training at 5pm and as the BBQ fired up, raffle ticket sales were running hot! Many who came along to support the event made the most of the cooler evening air, securing a table outside to watch the Bali Geckos in training action.
Inside the Sports’ Bar, guests were keen to take advantage of the evening’s special wine prices as well as the chance to ‘taste before buying’ and bar staff were kept on the hop! Outside, crowd numbers were building and guests enjoyed some smooth tunes from popular entertainer Athron, who very generously donated his time and talents on the evening to help support this worthy cause.
7pm came around quickly and it was time to draw the raffle prizes. Local businesses rallied in support of the event by donating fantastic prizes such as accommodation and food and beverage packages. Prizes included a 750K lunch voucher thanks to sensational Petitenget restaurant, Barbacoa, two nights’ accommodation at the gorgeous Kommune Resort, Keramas, with first prize being two nights’ accommodation at one of Semara Resort Uluwatu’s luxurious five bedroom villas! Some other lucky attendees were also recipients of extra prize donations such as a Cocoon Medical Spa voucher to the value of one million rupiah, two tickets to the recent Canggu Club Mothers’ Day luncheon and a one million rupiah voucher for food and beverage at Finn’s Beach Club.
Raffle draws done and dusted, guests were treated to an address by the two inspirational young instigators of the Bye Bye Plastic Bags Appeal, Green School students and sisters, Isabel and Melati Wijsen. These eloquent and entrepreneurial young ladies had the crowd engaged and enthusiastic to hear more about the incredible environmental and humanitarian achievements by the largest ‘children driven action group’ the island has ever seen!
On the whole, The Canggu Club Nepal Fundraiser was a resounding success with a total of Rp 45 million raised on the evening. Guests were clearly keen to do what they could to contribute with raffle ticket sales amassing a not-too-shabby Rp 27.6 million! Rp 1.4 million was received in donations on the night in addition to another Rp 16 million donated by The Canggu Club which went directly to Bye Bye Plastic Bags Nepal Appeal to assist in the purchase of rice to feed the earthquake victims. The remaining amount raised will be distributed to Red Cross and UNICEF to go toward their aid efforts in Nepal.
Special mention must also go to incredible seven year old Ben Breeze who also donated a portion of the monies he has raised through his charity Ben’s Boxes and their gofundme page, to the Bye Bye Plastic Bag campaign. In a climate where sadly, much of the news we hear is negative, it is uplifting to know that generosity, community and compassion is still alive and well!