On Sunday afternoon, passersby along Docklands noticed a Nepali flag bearing cruise boat as a crowd gathered – the crowd, mostly comprising of people from Chitwan were participating in a fundraising program to help the Australian Nepalese Multicultural Centre’s initiative of a Nepali Community Centre in Melbourne.
Chitwan Samaj Victoria successfully concluded its fundraising Cruise Party – a unique example of fun with a cause. As community members from Chitwan and other areas of Nepal enjoyed a fun afternoon cruising along the water, 12 people became family members and 3 people purchased one brick towards the construction of a temple – as a sing of support towards the cause.
The cruise party was an immense success – almost 250 members participated. A scrumptious buffet comprising of different Nepali delicacies was spread, an informal program recognised the efforts of different community leaders and organisations, and later everyone danced to the tunes of popular Nepali numbers.
Chitwan Samaj Victoria thanked its sponsors for their support – the program was primarily supported by Danfe Consulting, in support with various other Nepali organisations. Its gold sponsors were Kathmandu Properties, silver sponsors were Bell St Canteen, Better Choice, Buddha Travels, Goodwill Finance, Lali Gurans Grocery, Saarathi Accountants, Sapkota Transport, and Everest View Travel.
Various community leaders were also present in the cruise party, extending their support towards the cause. Atma Rijal, President of Chitwan Samaj Victoria and adviser to NRNA Australia thanked all participants for their support. In his gratitude message he also acknowledged the efforts of all members of the society towards making the fundraising program a success. NRNA Australian President Keshav Kandel also graced and addressed the event, and Dr. Chandra Deepak Pokhrel, President of Australian Nepalese Community Centre felicitated the new members while also explained the vision of ANMC to realise its own community centre for all Nepalis in Australia.