NRNA-organised massive parents excursion cum picnic is a gathering of a kind

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Gathering of a kind: NRNA NSW chapter organises a massive picnic of visiting Nepali parents I Photo: supplied

25 February 20174: New South Wales chapter of NRNA (Non-Resident Nepali Association) has once again organised a massive excursion for visiting parents from Nepal. This is second time that the global body organised similar event  following a successful tour held in January last year.

According to NRNA’s NSW Coordnator, hundreds of parents travelled to the iconic Warragamba Dam in 11 buses (with 57 seat capacity) and 20 smaller vehicles. “This year nearly 800 parents participated in our event which is every encouraging for us as organiser,’ Dinesh Pokharel said over telephone.

Dr Damodar Pokharel
NRNA NSW Coordinator Dinesh Pokharel poses with Dr Damodar Pokharel and other parents from Nepal.

Those who had participated last year repeated this year, he added. “Nearly ninety percent of those who had joined us last year came this year if they happend to be in Sydney that is,” he said.

Talking about the parents programme in January last year, NRNA’s patron Indra Ban OAM had said that the Nepali community in Australia had once agains showed its leadership and creativity when it came to organising social events of this kind. There are many ways the Australian Nepali diaspora has been a trailblazer in the global NRNA movement, she said then, the parents programme and the biennial Nepal Festival among others.

It is estimated that anywhere “eight to ten thousand parents visit Australia every year” to see the country their children call home. “So the parents programme was envisaged to provide them an opportunity to catch up with their common friends who may be visiting Australia at the same time,” Mr Pokharel said highlighting the objective of the event.

NRNA NSW SCCAmong those who participated in today’s event was a prominent doctor, Dr Damodar Pokharel, who was first to perform open heart surgery in Nepal. He even delivered a short speech during the tour to Warragamba Dam, the NSW Coordinator of NRNA further said.

This year’s programme was a considerable improvement over last year’s, organisers claim, in that last year around 500 parents had participated in the event while this year the number was nearly 800.

Many Sydney-based siblings of ageing parents called on NRNA to re-organise the event, Mr Pokharel said, which clearly showed the success of the parents programme.

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