Sydney – Bridge The Gap Nepal (BTGN), held a press meet on 17 September 2022 at 2-4 Marmaduke St. Burwood NSW 2134 on the eve of the ‘BTGN Dashain Sanjh’.The annual charity event was scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th September at Indreni Function Centre, 588 Princes Hwy, Rockdale at 6 pm sharp.
Organised by BTGN, a renowned voluntary organisation in the Australian Nepalese community, the fundraising gala dinner is supported by the Himalayan Youth Club (HYC) to support the Child Sponsorship project in Nepal and BISWASH (International Student Hub for Welfare and Awareness Services) project in Australia. The charity event will be marked by cultural programs and recreational activities to celebrate the festive occasion.
Ms. Ruby Rajan Shrestha set the tone of the well-organized press meet. The BTGN president Ms. Sujeeta Dangol Pradhan said, “On behalf of the Organisation, I would like to thank all respected representatives of the main sponsors, platinum sponsors, supporters, the media persons, and all community members for their kind presence and enthusiastic participation. We would like to continue to work collaboratively to contribute to the noble causes.”
The founding President and current advisor Shiva Shrestha who is the event coordinator of BTGN Dashain said, “We are very excited to celebrate the landmark 10th-anniversary adding remarkable meaning to it. We would like to continue to put our efforts into enhancing equitable community.”
BTGN advisor Associate Professor, Dr. Krishna Shrestha said, “One of the fundamental beliefs and principles of BTGN is giving back. Giving back to those who need help is the fairest and most meaningful outlook. BTGN approaches the people in Nepal and Australia who really are in need of assistance. I would like to request you to join BTGN which is our common organization. The success of BTGN reflects the success of our entire charity-loving community.”
Former Guthi Australia President and the reputed entrepreneur Shiva Shrestha expressed, “Boost Education Service is very happy indeed to be a part of significant and inspiring charity event. Each event organized by BTGN is special as it aims to promote a distinguished cause.”
The BTGN executive committee member and renowned education provider Anjana Singh Shrestha said, “Sydney Metropolitan Institute of Technology (Sydney Met) is proud to work collaboratively with the exceptional charity organisation BTGN. BTGN’s BISHWAS Program in Australia has been in operation since 2017. The 2023 BISHWAS program will focus on providing training and information services to Sydney-based international students in need. BTGN’s Child Sponsorship Program in Nepal has been in action for the last 10 years. The 2023 program aims to support the education of 50 underserved and disabled students from rural Nepal. The proceeds from the Dashain Sanjh 2022 will go to aid these two projects.”
The reputed entrepreneur and community leader BTGN treasurer Bhawana Shrestha said, “The way BTGN has served as the bridge to minimize the gap between the poor and the rich and give back to the community is highly commendable. Our diaspora in Australia is to some extent more privileged than many people living in Nepal, so we can contribute our time, our income, or whatever good things we have in excess to improve the quality of the lives of poor people living in our beloved homeland in which lies the basic purpose of life.”
The leading entrepreneur in education committed youth campaigner and noted community leader Rabindra Kumar Sharma said, “We would like to extend our best wishes to the incredible team BTGN Sanjh 2022. We are looking forward to working with leading voluntary organizations like BTGN to promote philanthropic activities.”
Also, present on the occasion were the renowned community leader and prominent entrepreneur Dinesh Pokharel, the well-known entrepreneur Binita Shrestha, the renowned journalist and entrepreneur Tirtha Khatiwada, the representative of SCCM Dikshyant Mahato, the renowned TV presenter Madan Koirala, the young performer Brasish Suwal, BISHWAS coordinator Astha Suwal, etc.
BTGN has made an apology to the community that Indira Joshi the guest artist from Nepal will be unable to be a part of the evening due to her personal issues. BTGN The highlights of the fundraising evening will be a live performance by Nepal Idol, Season 2 First Runner Up and Caricature Comedy King Subodh Gautam from Nepal. Sydney-based famous Nepalese artists such as Sarina Sainju, Monica Gyawali, Anjeela BK, Sejal Pradhan, Shreeya Gyawali and Trisha Pradhan will be delivering Nepalese cultural performances.
It has Sydney Metropolitan Institute of Technology (Sydney Met), Sydney City College of Management (SCCM), Aussie Finance and Home Loans, and Boost Education Service as major sponsors.