Restaurant fundraiser raises almost £2000 for Nepal appeal

The Annapurna staff who organised the fundraiser
The Annapurna staff who organised the fundraiser

A Kirkcaldy restaurant whose staff are mainly Nepalese has held a successful fundraiser to help rebuild the shattered country.

Staff from the Annapurna Thai and Chinese Restaurant on Kirkcaldy High Street rallied round to help their fellow countrymen and organised a fundraising event which took place on Sunday afternoon.

A destroyed building in the village of Putalibazar

A destroyed building in the village of Putalibazar

Around 110 diners enjoyed a buffet meal for £9.95, with all proceeds from the event going to help victims of the Nepal earthquake which hit the country on April 25, killing thousands and leaving others homeless and without any possessions.

The staff all gave their time willingly to host the event which took place between 5.00-10.00 p.m.

As well as paying for the meal, many generous diners gave an extra donation to help boost the takings which, by the end of the night totalled £1615.85. An extra £105 was added to the total by Tulsi Bhandari, sister of the restaurant manager, who held her own collection, while a separate bucket collection on behalf of the British Red Cross for the disaster appeal brought in a further £160.55.

Khem Sharma and Poonam Singh Chetri, directors of the Annapurna, said: “We are really very thankful to all our kind-hearted customers who came along on Sunday and joined us to lend their support and also those who donated for this very worthwhile cause.

“We are also very thankful to all our suppliers, volunteers and our dedicated staff who all contributed to the success of the event.”

The money will be donated to the village of Putalibazar 06, in the Makawanpur district of Nepal where many houses were left in ruins or in such a bad state that they are no longer habitable and will have to be rebuilt.

“Many of our staff have friends or relatives from this area and have heard how bad things are for them, with most living in tents. We will be sending our all funds directly to these people so it can be used where it is most needed,” explained Khem.

A race night held in Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hotel on Friday by Kirkcaldy and District Lion’s Club and Fife Floorball Club raised £600 for the earthquake victims. The funds will be distributed through Lions International.