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Nepal comes to Farleigh
A Fundraising Extravaganza in support of The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Chandikalika School -
As the 250 guests meandered down the candle-lit path, they were first greeted by a Gurkha piper and then each given a white Khata (a traditional scarf symbolising the pure heart of the giver) along with an ice cold gin and tonic and traditional Alludam canapé. Authentic Nepali table cloths, lotus flower napkins, night lights and stunning floral decorations created a magical atmosphere in the Farleigh Sports Hall which was turned into a stunning venue, with each table reflecting the Gurkha prayer flags.
It was an opportunity for friends of Farleigh - parents, past and present - staff and governors of the school, to enjoy a traditional Gurkha celebration, whilst at the same time raising significant funds for the rebuilding of Chandikalika School which was devastated in the earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015. The amazing skill of the Gurkha soldiers performing kukri dances with razor sharp knives wowed the audience, and the contrasting elegance of the dances by the Nepali girls were stunning.
Delicious Nepali curry dishes were served as keen bidders clamoured to win one of the 40 fabulous prizes in the silent auction followed by a live auction of five incredible lots, which raised over £47,000. The evening was an enormous success and testament to the hard work of the hosts, John and Moira White, the auctioneer Simon Henderson, Farleigh’s maintenance team and the entire Committee. Thanks also to the Years 7 and 8 boarders who helped in various ways – serving food, hanging coats, carrying the Gurkha Dokos with the Khatta scarves.