Sydney 18 August – This year nearly 60,000 people participated in the charity-oriented run City2Surf 2022. Roughly 100 Nepalese participated enthusiastically and purposefully in the world-famous event sponsored by Westpac Bank and Sydney Morning Herald.
Thousands of people converged at 8 am on Hyde Park to join the run that started and ended at Bondi Beach. The runners, joggers and walkers covered 14 Kilometres to celebrate the ‘feel good health factor’ and a noble cause. Lian Adams and Leanne Pompeani outran all the participants in the men’s and women’s contests.
Nepalese participants joined the landmark event wearing the T shirt with the print “Let’s Go Nepal” in an attractive print. Mr. Yadav Prasad Koirala, the third secretary of Nepalese Embassy in Canberra stated, “Nepalese Embassy in Australia is always proud to work with the Nepalese community in promoting the interest of Nepalese community in Australia. We collaborated with tourism board of Nepal to arrange the T shirts with the attractive print, Let’s Go Nepal” for the participants at City2Surf. We are thankful to all for the opportunity, and we are committed to cooperating with Nepalese community in the future for its overall progress and promote the tourism of Nepal.”
Deepak Khadka, Hon. Consulate General of Nepal, NSW, Australia said, “We are very proud to work together with the Nepal Embassy, NRNA, Australia, SCC, and the entire Nepalese community in Australia for the overall promotion of tourism of Nepal at City2Surf. We should make serious and sincere efforts collectively to achieve the common interest of our motherland. I am much impressed by the community’s ongoing support to promote tourism in Nepal and our significant participation in this mega charity event has taken one step closer to our destination.”
Nanda Gurung, the NRNA Vice President shares with www.nepaleseaustralian.com.au “It was a great initiative from NRNA Australia supported by Nepal Embassy, Canberra, Nepal Tourism Board and Hon. Consulate General of Nepal to NSW. City2Surf marked a significant participation from Nepalese community representing different organisations to promote Nepal Tourism.”
Deb B. Gurung, the NRNA Vice President, and NSW State Coordinator said, “I am much thankful to all and proud to take the initiative. This is the second time that NRNAA, SCC, NSW collaborated with the Embassy of Nepal, the Consulate General of NSW to show solidarity with the charity work at City2Surf. Our two major aims are to support Sydney Morning Herald’s signature event and to promote Nepal as a tourism destination. We are truly appreciative of all the generous people who were with us. I personally appeal the community to participate in more numbers in meaningful events like this.”
Nepal Tourism Board Honorary Public Relations Representative for Australia Swotantra Pratap Shah said, “City2Surf mega event is very appropriate and significant to communicate to the mainstream Australian community about Nepal. I would take an initiative to make the Nepalese diaspora in Australia participate in the programs which are organised in other states.”
Among the participants at City2Surf were Deepak Khadka, Hon. Consulate General of Nepal, NRNA Australia President Nanda Gurung, the NRNA Vice President and NSW State Coordinator, Deb B. Gurung, Vice President Sukirti Bhatta, Secretary Binod Kunwar, treasurer Bhawana Shrestha, member Deepa Joshi, member Bikash Jha, Sanita Lama, Youth member Sabala Basnet, NRNA NSW Nari Nikunja Coordinator Dr. Samita Gurung, The Tourism Ambassador of Nepal to Australia Swotantra Pratap Shah NRNA Oceania Coordinator Keshav Sapkota, former NRNA, Oceania Deputy Coordinator Niraj Shrestha, Australian Nepalese Journalist Association (ANJA) President Rishi Acharya, Nepalese Australian Association President Madhu Pudasaini, ANTA President Subansh Shah, Pokhara Samaj Vice President Heupati Gurung, the leading entrepreneur Lekh Gurung, the noted journalist Takadir Adhikari, the youth campaigners Prem Kumar Shrestha, Anup Bhandari, the founding President and advisor of Bridge the Gap Nepal Shiva Shrestha, Embassy staff Mohan Tamang etc.
It has ExtraTech as Diamond Sponsor. It was supported by Hon. Consulate General of Nepal, NSW, Aussie Finance and Home Loans and Sunrise Business Services.