29 December 2018: The grief-stricken family of Nepali youth Nischal Ghimire, whose body was found at Adelaide’s West Beach boat ramp yesterday evening, has asked the community not to launch any fundraising campaign in his name.
Citing the drowning victim’s brother, family friend Sujan Adhikari told southasia.com.au that he does not want the Australia-based Nepali diaspora to collect money to help repatriate the 22-year-old’s body.
The response came after the Ghimire family was informed that community leaders in Adelaide were willing to raise funds to help.
“My brother is gone, what would I do with the money now? I can afford it myself,” Mr Adhikari quoted the victim’s brother Ghanashyam Ghimire as saying. It is understood the education consultant is already on route to Adelaide.
On 27 December, the well-liked nurse had picked up a 10-year-old boy with disability from an Edwardstown address at around 4 pm. He was reported missing in the early hours of Friday after he failed to return the child to his parents. Following an extensive police search operation by air, sea and ground, Mr Ghimire’s body was located some four kilmometres from Glenelg beach from where he was reported missing 17 hours earlier.
The Nepali diaspora in Australia is pretty much a fundraising champion when tragedy hits a member of the community.
It responds so promptly that in some cases, campaigns are already underway before the effected families even know about it. Only recently, more than $40,000 was raised for the family of brain hemorrhage victim Milan Tamang who died in Sydney early December. In 2014, the community had raised nearly $200,000 for a cancer patient who was receiving treatment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. There have been numerous other successful GoFundMe campaigns.