Monday, 11 May 2009

High level talk raises money

Nepal Plus
The Village Hall in Old Buckenham was filled with around eighty people on Saturday 9 May who came to listen to David Hannah talk about his experiences on a trip to Nepal. His illustrated talk started off at Diss railway station and followed his journey to Kathmandu, the flight to Lukla, then trekking to Phortse via Namche Bazaar. While in Phortse he had been present at the formal opening of their new community centre, a building that had been masterminded by another Old Buckenham resident, Tony Freake. The final part of his journey from Phortse to Gokyo, way up into the Himalayas and to heights of over 5,500 metres, was where the effects of altitude sickness finally caught up with David and he was grateful to move down to the lower altitudes once more.
The main highlights of his trip included the friendliness of the Nepalese people, some exhilarating plane flights, the many precarious bridges he had to cross and the fortuitous meetings with people he had met while on a T’ai Chi course back in Wymondham. There were a number of people in the audience who had been to Nepal themselves and they enjoyed reliving memories of their visits to this amazing country.
The second half of the meeting involved an ‘auction of experiences’. There was strong bidding for some high speed laps around the Lotus test track at Hethel and for the pairs of tickets for various concerts at the High Lodge Centre in Thetford Forest as well as the other dozen items.
Thanks go to all the people who turned out to support the evening which resulted in a profit of £870 which will go towards the upkeep of All Saints Church in the village.

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