The Nepal Cleft & Burn Center (NC&BC) will hold its annual fundraiser Friday, May 1st, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Foothill Oriental Rugs, 1460 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. The event benefits families of Nepal by raising funds for the NC&BC, Nepal’s first teaching hospital specializing in deformity-correcting reconstructive surgery located in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event will feature music, dinner, and a live and silent auction. The cost of the event is $95 per person. Information is available at http://www.nepalcleftandburncenter.org/annual-fundraisers.
The event raises funds for surgeries and medical supplies for the NC&BC, which is also part of a modern new health services complex in the Kathmandu Valley. The NC&BC survived damage from the recent earthquake and is providing much-needed emergency care for victims of the earthquake, and it will be critical in providing ongoing care. Funds from the fundraiser will ensure that the hospital has the resources to continue providing quality healthcare as Kathmandu recovers from the earthquake.
Over the years, this annual fundraising event and the grassroots efforts of a group of US-based Tibetan rug importers raised the funds to open the NC&BC. Through the NC&BC each year, hundreds of Nepal’s poorest citizens receive free, life-changing reconstructive burn and cleft palate surgeries. The director and administrator of the Nepal Cleft & Burn Center is Dr. Shankar Rai. A native of the ‘hill country’ of Eastern Nepal, Dr. Rai is an internationally recognized reconstructive surgeon and has completed thousands of reconstructive surgeries as well as taught local Nepali healthcare providers to provide much-need surgical and medical care.
For those who can’t attend the event but would like to help support the NC&BC, donations can be made at http://tinyurl.com/NCBCdonations.