This was our third fund-raising event which we organized together with the Pachiy Project and the Tibetan Cultural Center. The main protagonist of the evening was Juan Aguilar, from the Pachiy Project and the director of a beautiful documentary called a Better Road, describing the life of Tibetan Nomads and the challenges they face. Around 40 people came to watch the documentary. The GSF made a short presentation of the Gabde hospital project before the movie started and after the film people bought 10-Euro tickets for which they got a bowl of vegetable soup and momos. The food (200 momos!) was cooked by Kunkjit, a Tibetan cook, who had been working the whole afternoon together with Eva and Lucie in the local kitchen which was kindly put at our disposal by Cooperations Entreprise Socio-Culturelle. Eva sponsored the ingredients for the food so we actually raised 400 Euros. Half of the money raised went to the Pachiy project. We had the help of some wonderful friends who not only helped with the making of the meal but also stayed on to wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen.
Tuesday December 31st, 2013
The GSF and the CCT (Tibetan Cultural Center, our sister NGO) bought a stand at the Festival des Migrations giving away tsampa cakes and offering tea and informing the public about the Hospital Project (the GSF) and the Meditation Classes (the CCT). We raised funds and attracted a great number of people who left their contact details with us and are now on our mailing list.
The Festival des Migrations is a beautiful event held at the Lux EXPO every spring. We intend to take part again next year, perhaps more seriously and professionally. This was our second fundraising event and we were only just learning the ropes. Originally we wanted to sell more Tibetan food, not just the humble tsampa, but soon we realised we were being overly ambitious and given our limited number of volunteers we went for the low-key option in the end. The event was successful and enjoyable and it was a valuable experience for us as fledgling fundraisers. See you there next year! And if you want to learn how to make real tsampa, send us an email and we will teach you, it’s dead easy and delicious 🙂
Before the movie started, Christiaan, our Dutch treasurer, made a short presentation explaining the Golog project.
We showed a documentary about Tibet filmed by two Dutch students of Lama Jigmé’s (the GSF president), who travelled to Tibet in 2011.
There was a question-and-answer session with Lama Jigmé after the movie. There were about 35 people present. It was a rather modest event but it was great nonetheless, with the beautiful poster designed by Michael still adorning many a wall.