Uniting AgeWell (UA) presented a cheque for $11,113 to Red Cross to continue the relief effort in Nepal following the deadly earthquake that devastated the country in April.
Inspiration for the appeal started when Sunayana (Sunny) Nepal, a personal care worker at UA’s Strathdon Forest Hill, asked her manager Sue Wood how they could help. The appeal had special meaning for Sunny as she was originally from Nepal. Sue contacted UA’s contracts manager, Russell Purchase who, in turn, contacted medical supplier, CH2. The organisation generously donated 44 boxes of medical equipment. This was transported to Nepal with the assistance of the Non-residential Nepalese Association, where Sunny’s husband Bikran Adhikari works.
With such a great start, a broader appeal to staff across Uniting AgeWell began. Uniting AgeWell agreed to match donations up to $5000. Staff contributed $6113 so a total of $11,113 was donated to Red Cross. Red Cross had stated that there was a greater need for cash than goods because of the difficulty of getting physical items into the country.