21 February 2017: Drowning victim Shristi Bhandari’s body was repatriated on Monday through the collective efforts of community leaders as well as friends and relatives of the deceased international student.
The 23 year old had been in the country only for weeks when she visited Maroubra Beach on the eve of Valentine’s Day 2017. A jogger had found her body washed up on the beach at 6 am the next day.
NSW Coordinator of the Non-Resident Nepali Association, Dinesh Pokharel, confirmed that the remains were flown back home to her grief-stricken parents through Unity Funerals at Burwood.
Community’s overwhelming response meant the collection of more funds than it would have been necessary to send Ms Bhandari’s remains to her waiting parents in Kathmandu.
It takes approximately $7000 to fly a body from Australia to Nepal. However, a Go Fund campaign created by Pratistha KC raised $12,125 in just six days – the target was only $10,000.
According to Mr Pokharel, his organisation contributed additional $2000 from its Social Welfare Fund. A similar amount has also been allocated for the repatriation of 26-year-old Sudip Upreti, another victim of the Maroubra dual tragedy which unfolded last week.
The southasia.com.au understands funds were also deposited into below bank account:
Account Name- Help Shristi
BSB No. – 062198
Account Number – 10847496
Repatriation of the second victim, Sudip Upreti, is expected to take place within this week. The coroner is yet to release his body, Mr Pokharel further said.
The NRNA is in the process of announcing an awareness-building campaign for international students residing in Australia, it is understood.