In addition to the Jump Anna also organised a fundraising dinner at the Molteno Hall in Fortingall.
“Nepal is a beautiful country”, said Anna, “the very first thing everyone notices, when they visit, is everyone’s amazing smile. We want to do whatever we can to help bring that back. The monsoon season is coming, communications are difficult and there are problems with the drinking water. We decided we had to act now”
Anna worked tirelessly, finding a location, expert help and seeking out big hearted donations to help make the evening a huge successful.
The dinner – under the banner Bring Back The Smile To Nepal – was held on Saturday 16th May.
120 guests enjoyed a meal, music, fundraising auction and entertainment and raised over £8,000, towards disaster relief in Nepal.
Anna made an emotional speech, to open proceeding, as she thanked the team of volunteers, that had kindly given their time to help make the night a success. She also paid tribute to the generosity of all the local individuals and businesses, small and large, who had gifted prizes and donations towards the fundraising effort.
“It’s amazing how quickly Anna and Sanu have organised this event,” said Mark Bridgeman ( part of Team Anna ), “ only her astonishing drive and determination, during the last few weeks, have made this possible. A huge thank you also to everyone that helped tonight, Anna and Sanu will never forget your generosity.”
Following the successful dinner, Anna moved swiftly on to her next fundraising exploit. On Sunday May 24th, Anna – together with her friend Liz Holmes – took to the skies to raise yet more funds for Nepal. The intrepid pair completed their skydive from 10,000 feet, above Errol Airfield, near Perth. Despite winds strengthening to near the advisable limit the brave pair jumped, in tandem, with their instructors from the Paragon Skydiving Club. After a period of nerve racking free falling ( as they accelerated to 120mph ) their chutes opened and the pair floated safely down, to cheers from their family and friends.
The Skydive, together with the fundraising dinner, has seen Anna raise over £11,500 for Nepal, in just over a week! However Anna does not intend to rest on her laurels and will continue to fund raise in the coming weeks and months.
Anyone who would like to donate, or keep up to date with Anna’s campaign can follow her progress @ facebook/Bring Back The Smile To Nepal.