Posted by Victoria Sanderson
After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last month the nursing staff at Greenwich Hospital decided to unite together to organise an International Food Day to fundraise for the disaster. Spearheaded by Cindy Zeng, Holly Allen, Jamuna Rawal and Alice Lau the event was held today in the Education Centre at Greenwich Hospital.
Staff, patients and visitors were invited to attend and were treated to a culinary feast of dishes from around the world all lovingly made by different staff members. It didn’t take long before the queue to the food table was snaking through the room and out the door as people enjoyed the delights of the boundless buffet table.
Whilst balancing a plate full of spicy curries, roti and noodles you could also peruse the tables laid out with treats to buy – hand-made jewellery and tea towels and home-made jams. There was even an option to purchase unique bags, key rings and scarves handmade by Nepalese rehabilitation patients and brought back to Australia by Dr Ruth Powys, a former Greenwich Hospital Palliative Care Doctor who now works at Green Pastures Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal.
A small band of special Greenwich Hospital staff also donated items to be drawn as prizes in the raffle that had been running all week, with lucky winners taking home bottles of wine, beauty products and even a restaurant voucher.
Overall the well-attended event was an outstanding success with $4,500 being raised for the International Nepal Fellowship & Non-Resident Nepali Association Australia.
A huge thank you to those very special people who made this event a reality and who enabled the Greenwich Hospital Community to enjoy such a fabulous fundraising lunch. It was a superb opportunity to open our hearts and our wallets for a very worthy cause.