1-In-5 Fundraiser: Edmonton 2009
On November 7, 2009 the Edmonton Chapter of the Nepali Children’s Education Project (NCEP) held its first annual “One in Five” fundraiser in Riverdale Hall, with great success. The phrase “One in Five” refers to the fact that in Nepal one out of every five children (ages 6-10) are not in school. Over 200 people from the Edmonton community attended the “One in Five” fundraising event, raising a net amount of over $3400. This money ensured that NCEP could continue to support the education of current NCEP scholars in 2010 and beyond, while also adding several new promising young students.
The evening kicked-off at 7 p.m. with a delicious buffet. Many of the guests complemented the food, some saying it was the highlight of the night. During the dinner guests were entertained by a series of terrific dancers performing traditional Nepali Dances.
Following dinner and the dances, Luke Yorkden-Chamberlain and Raju Tuladhar – two of the co-founders of NCEP – along with Lorna Thomas (one of NCEP’s most committed volunteers) gave a short presentation highlighting NCEP’s achievements to-date and future plans to grow and strengthen the organization.
This was followed by the awarding of door prizes.
With all the food, presentations and awards complete, the evening transitioned into a concert with a terrific lineup of live musicians. Cayley Thomas, Emily Rault and Andrea Rankin of the Fortrells kicked things off and quickly got the whole crowd up and dancing. Southern Pink, Sans Aids, and DJ Jamie North kept things rocking for the rest of the night. Thanks to all these artists for donating their time and talent for this event.
Overall the evening was a huge success! This night would not have been possible with the donated time, money and talent of all our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and event attendees. Thank you all for contributing to brightening childrens’ futures through education.
Many thanks to the people and companies who made this all possible!
Food & Catering, for bringing to us a feast to remember:
Nahn Lui at Pacific Café for doing an excellent job of catering the event;
Kashim at Padminadi Vegetarian Restaurant for donating his famous Vegetarian Chicken; Satay and Eggplant dishes;
Adam Hussein at Punjab Sweet Shop for donating the delicious Samosas;
Lisa at Special Events Rentalsfor giving us a discount on the food heaters;
Robin Pilling at Ottwell IGA for donating much-needed snack foods;
Sand Recycling Inc. for donating funds to cover the cost of dinner for all the musicians.
Dancers, for donating their time and skills:
Priyanka, Shirasa, Angshu, Pritha, Pratiksha, Dipendra, Pancha, for their beautiful performance;
Special thanks to Laxman, Ai and Laxmi Gurung for organizing all the dancers.
Door prize donors, for sending many guests home with a dazzling array of wonderful gifts:
Kostas, Zoie, George, Dale at Fuss Cupcakes;
Chantelle Pruden at New Balance Chiropractic;
An anonymous donor group that asked not to be named.
All the musicians, for sharing your energy with us:
Cayley Thomas, Emily Rault and Andrea Rankin of the Fortrells opened the performances after dinner;
Southern Pink, Sans Aids, and DJ Jamie North kept things rocking for the rest of the night.