$30,776 raised for Nepal charity run

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BRUNEI's Run for Nepal held last month raised a total of $30,776 through registration fees and donation cards, its organiser said yesterday.

Founder of Heroes Event Management Aaron Goh told The Brunei Times that $18,888 will be handed over to the National Nepal Earthquake Humanitarian Fund overseen by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

The remaining $11,888 will go to funding the air freight of relief supplies collected by The Gurkha Palace Restaurant and the British Garrison in Seria.

“We organised the race within three weeks because we wanted to respond as quickly as possible to support the tragedy affecting Nepal,” said Goh.

“We could not have achieved our target of 1,500 registrations in seven days, without the strong support from the media and the public, who rose to play their own role in supporting the cause.”

Manager of the Gurkha Palace Restaurant James Shakya informed that the flying out of relief supplies has begun, after the restaurant and the garrison were able to lower air freight costs with Royal Brunei Airlines.

“The standard rate was $5 per kilogramme, which we could not afford given that we had receive close to 20 tonnes in relief supplies,” he said.

An agreement was eventually reached for a special rate of $1.67 per kg. All items have been packed into 647 large boxes, weighing 20 to 50kg, and will be sent in weekly consignments of around 60 boxes.

The relief supplies were collected over a period of two weeks earlier in April and May.

The Brunei Times