Nepalese throng in High Point for Community Services
It was on the 23rd of December, 2012, that the Triad Nepali Community Center (TNCC) flexed her community strength while hosting a blood drive. The blood drive was coordinated by the Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA). The TNCC proved to be one of the dynamic Nepali Organizations in the Southern Region. A huge enthusiastic throng patiently waited for three or more hours to donate blood. The community members seemed so committed to make the blood drive a grand success. The TNCC made history of hosting an event for a noble cause ‘blood drive’ ever in cooperation with NASeA for the first time in its 21 years history. TNCC was able to garner more than 70 potential donors, and 65 registered for donation. It was one of the very few blood drives of overcrowding that Community Services Committee (CSC) of NASeA has observed. The chilly and breezy weather couldn’t decrease people’s willingness to donate blood; many of them were patiently waiting for their turn to get into the Blood Mobile until 7:00PM. Had the American Red Cross handled the congestion, donor turn out would have been far more than just 50 people. Despite all these unforeseen glitches, we had 33 donors that exceeded the target of American Red Cross by 200%. Hats are off to Narayan Khadka, Coordinator, Blood Drive Coordination Committee, Executive Member, and Chair, Legal, Immigration and Conflict Resolution Committee of NASeA and wholehearted Members, Directors, Executive Committee, and well wishers of the TNCC through her energetic President, Basanta Khadka. Your outstanding contribution has heightened Nepali identity to community services in USA.
The CSC of NASeA is proud of partnering with TNCC to host this blood drive. This blood drive alone can save up to 99 lives in need. Congratulations to all big hearted social HEROES of the blood drive. The big hearted social HEROES of Nepali origin were:
Narayan Khadka, Bandana Khadka, Basanta Khadka, Naresh Thapaliya, Sabita Thapaliya, Ramji Koirala, Mahendra Thapa, Ajit Karki, Srijana Karki, Dil Bahadur Chhetri, Sobhana Aryal, Rajan Dhaubhadel, Johana Dhakal, Santi Mishara, Dhana Mishra, Kharka Basnet, Narayan Kafle, Keshav Neupane, Yashaswi Timsina, Deepak Ranabhat, Rohit Ranabhat, and Indira March
The noble event reminded me of the similar blood drives that NASeA coordinated with the state level and Nepalese Student Associations as well as regional and national level organizations in Florida (Tampa, Gainesville, Orlando), Alabama (Auburn, Huntsville), Mississippi (Madison/Jackson), Georgia (Alpharetta), Tennessee (Nashville), South Carolina (Spartanburg), North Carolina (Cary), Texas (Dallas), and Indianapolis. Simultaneously, I sincerely thank the whole crowd and some of the devoted names to be recognized are: Bandana Khadka, Bipul Khadka, Santwona and Simron Khadka, Sundar Thapa, Krishna Dawadi, Sujata Chhetri, Srijana Chhetri, Dipti Chhetri, Madhav Dhakal, Ajit Karki, Priyanka Chhettri, and Susan Dhakal, Dr. Uma Karki, and Arjun Prasad Mainali, President of the Blood Donors of America for their volunteering and sponsoring to make this blood drive a grand success.
Lila B. Karki, Ph.D., Chair (AL),
Community Services Committee
Nepalese Association in Southeast America