Community rallies for Nepal victims after second earthquake

There to care: Scalabrini Village staff and residents held a fundraiser recently for Nepal. Picture: John Veage

There to care: Scalabrini Village staff and residents held a fundraiser recently for Nepal. Picture: John Veage

THE Nepalese community in St George is stepping up fundraising efforts after the second earthquake on Tuesday raised fears the devastation could spread.

Nepalese-owned businesses in the Kogarah Town Centre who have displayed donation boxes are hoping for continuing generosity.

As yet no one has been directly affected by the second earthquake on May 12 but all are concerned for their countrymen.

Dip Raj Sapkota of Mirchi Nepalese and Indian Restaurant said he would double the money in his donation box.

They live in Chitwan, 150 kilometres from Kathmandu and 200 kilometres west of the new earthquake centre.

The Nepalese staff at Kogarah Quality Meat were also taking donations, as were two young Nepalese staff at The Coffee Club.

■ Staff at Scalabrini Village aged care home at Bexley are also reeling from the second earthquake. Manager Fiona Kendall said her Nepalese staff feared there would be another earthquake.

One employee lost his second Aunt and his mother's sister-in-law in the April 25 quake that killed more than 8000 people.

"'When the first quake hit, the nurses still came to work, they still looked after our families even though theirs had been devastated," she said.

The home held a mufti day on May 5 to raise almost $1000 for the relief effort.

■ In Parliament on Wednesday NSW MLC Shaoquett Moselmane recognised the $16,000 raised during the recent Nepal Earthquake Children's Appeal dinner at Arncliffe.

"I continue to call on people to dig deep for the people that are suffering and give what they can," he said.

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