Reach Out for Nepal Day – 22nd June 2019

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Reach Out for Nepal Day – 22nd June 2019
June 22, 2019 6:00 am
June 22, 2019 11:00 pm
Paul Hodges
May 2, 2019
Moel Siabod Cafe
A. 5, Capel Curig, Betws y Coed, Conwy, LL24 OEL, United Kingdom

We are pleased to confirm this year’s charity event will be 22nd June 2019.

With the extremely generous support in both time & money of so many people over the 4 years since the devastating Earthquake in April 2015 we can confirm that by November 2018 our Reach Out for Nepal Fund had raised £34, 450.41 to help re-build the Melamchi School & it’s Hostels. However with the school’s always proactive Headmaster, Purna, it transpires that he has sourced additional funds from Caritas & a Belgium company who have been carrying out the works which now means in order to complete the fit out works the budget required from ROFN of £24,500 has reduced to circa £15,000. Paul met with Doug Scott at the end of March this year to both firm this up & discuss where surplus & future funds  should be targeted. With Doug re-confirming that the Nepalese government taking over the running of the school from 1st January 2020 he had been asked to focus on even more remote villages higher in the Himalaya. Doug proposed that we now switch our remaining funds & future charity raising to building a completely new school in the Village of Prok which is situated on the route to Manaslu at an altitude of 2,397 metres. CAN worked with the village 3 years ago to build a Health Post, the villagers were proactively involved so a School is a positive & logical next step. This school is targeted to be built between 2019/21 with Doug visiting the village this May to firm up details so that he can give us budget figures by mid-June. Paul has since met with several key members of ROFN & all have agreed to proceed with the Prok proposal. John Rowell will be visiting the Melamchi School this November with the aim of bringing back photographs & a report of CAN’s work there. We hope you will join us in our enthusiasm to continue to support CAN’s excellent work in Nepal.

In addition we have  helped CAN raise further monies (in the region of £18,000) by hosting Doug’s lectures, selling Doug’s signed photographic prints & various Nepalese artefacts, these monies have gone to CAN’S general funds for other works in Nepal. We hope you will be able to support us & CAN again this year either by helping on the day or digging a little into your pockets. We still have a number of prints available from the Café at any time.

Below is the current list of Events planned for the day itself but keep coming back to this page as we expect more events to be added over coming weeks.

  1. Ian Draisey’s Cycle Sportif with a target of raising £2,000, they will call in at the cafe so please give them a great cheer if you see them.

2. Paul’s Charity Run – The Carneddau 2,000’s Circuit. Starting & Finishing at the Café Paul will aim to run a circuit of all the 2,000′ summits within 13 Hours. These summits, as defined by him, amount to 22 in total with an expected mileage of 46 with over 13,600′ of height gain. He would welcome help from support runners, re-fuellers or anyone with a tracker system to help update the café on his progress throughout the day. Latest news on this front is that Paul Jones who supported Paul on the first leg of last years challenge has signed up (fool) to join Paul for the whole run this year, Brian, Hazel, George & Kevin have intimated support at points/legs on the day but the more the merrier. Ginger of Alpha Tree Surgeon’s is contributing the tracker system to allow a screen in the café to follow the Pauls’ progress throughout the day. Finally the gods are supplying cloud free summits to assist the navigation.

3. Charlotte Evans will again be organising her Wild Swim which she describes as ‘A trip into the wilds of Snowdonia… come & explore a secret mountain lake for an exhilarating dip to remember forever.’ Bring cake, cosies & a sense of adventure.. 

4. Sara Jackson will again be giving Yoga lessons at the café throughout the day.

5. Twiggy’s Craft Sales in our Cafe.

6. Nepalese Memorabilia & Artefacts for Sale.

7. Mike Lees will provide a variety of games on the day.

8. Gaby’s take on Dal Bhat will be available throughout the day with all proceeds to ROFN.

9. Ali Bramall presentation about the OEM (Original Everest Marathon), a must for runners & travellers alike & will include the film ‘Children of the Snowland’. These will be bisected by our annual auction hosted by the always entertaining Mike Lees. The evenings timings for these are:-

7:00/7:50 – Film – Children of Snowland.

7:50/8:20 – Auction – Please bring deep pockets if you can.

8:30/9:30 – CAN/OEM Presentation, as Paul is running the race he has an incentive to be off the Carneddau in time for this!

The evening is free to all but of course a donation of your choice would be much appreciated.

If you want to be involved in any of the above or want to add something yourself simply contact me by e-mail at