The dust has barely settled from Bournemouth Festival 2012, a two day basketball, music and dance festival that was held in July, but the event organisers have wasted no time to get started on another project. In a similar vein to last year, the B-Fest crew are following up their festival with a fundraising charity bike ride, this time from London to Paris. The charity organisation that they have chosen to support this year is Grassroot Movement in Nepal (GMIN).
GMIN is a non-profit organisation based in New York that was established with a vision of bringing sustainable social and environmental changes in Nepal. The primary focus for GMIN since its establishment in 2009 has been to develop the education sector in rural parts of the country. In the 4 years since it was founded, GMIN has successfully completed the renovation of 11 schools in rural areas of Dang and Sindupalchowk. Two other schools were built in Taplejung as part of the “Earthquake Relief Project” that GMIN initiated after a 6.9 Richter scale earthquake hit the North-Eastern parts of Nepal in September 2011.
The UK chapter of GMIN was founded in 2011 via an online movement that brought together a group of like-minded youths from various parts of the country. Since their first fundraiser at the annual Gurkha Cup in May 2011, GMINUK have expanded their profile significantly by organising other fundraisers at various Nepalese events like Nepali Mela 2011, UK Nepali Bazar, Best of Both, Gurkha Cup 2012 and so on. Having already found ripples of support from the Nepalese community in Finland and Germany from where GMIN UK has received recent donations, this charity bike tour is set to enhance their international profile further.
B-Fest’s seven day charity tour in support of GMIN kicks off from Big Ben in London on the 11th of September. Their team of seven riders aim to reach Paris on Day 5 of the tour. The team is aiming to raise £3000 from this event.
The event has been made possible by the generosity of local businesses such as Khukuri Beer UK Ltd (Ealing Broadway) -Gold Sponsor, Nepalese Tandoori Restaurant (Shepherd’s Bush), Old Prince of Wales, Himali Ltd (Ashford), Nirmaya Rodhighar (Aldershot), Deurali Travel (Wembley), Everest Money Transfer and Uniqo Creations who have financially supported the organisers.
Written by Kushal Joshi
Wanna give a huge shout out to the B-FEST crew who will be cycling from London to Paris on the 11th September! Y’all are a positive example of the youth today. The crew are raising money for the charity org GRASSROOT MOVEMENT IN NEPAL (GMIN).