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Armada Extends huge 'Thank You'

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Posted by: Liz Burke Communications
Armada Extends huge 'Thank You'
Armada Hotel extends huge ‘thank-you’ to everyone who helped raise €13,000 in a week for Nepal disaster relief

Money needed more than ever as country hit by further earthquake this morning

Tuesday 12th May 2015: Just hours after a devastating earthquake, aftershock and avalanche hit Nepal two weeks ago, Co. Clare hotelier and climbing fanatic John Burke had launched an appeal to raise €10,000 in a week to help support the relief effort.  And, thanks to the hundreds of people across the county and country who got involved, an incredible €13,000 has been raised and sent to three organisations working on the ground in Nepal, far exceeding all expectations.

Plan Ireland, the Nepal Ireland Society, Paldorje Sherpa Foundation and the village of Rolwaling have each received a share of the money, promising that every single cent raised will be spent on helping to provide shelter, access to clean water, food and healthcare to those whose who are struggling to rebuild their lives in the wake of the disaster.

The Armada Hotel, which is a member of Irish Country Hotels, became the co-ordination centre for the fundraising effort which comprised a Facebook auction, a pop-up rail sale, a raffle at a Christy Moore concert held at the hotel, bucket collections at schools and businesses across Co. Clare, car washes, cake sales and a number of generous donations.

John Burke, who visited Nepal in 2010, was spurred on by the first-hand accounts of the desperation, devastation and destruction that had struck what he considers to be one of the most awe-inspiring countries in the world.

“As of last night, we have raised €13,023, all of which has already been transferred to the organisations we are supporting.  The past week has been an incredible one and I am touched by how the entire community has got behind the appeal.  Thank you to everyone who has got involved.  The money you have helped to raise is already saving lives and is needed more than ever after this morning's terrible news.

“Nepal is a country that you can’t help but fall in love with.  Despite being one of the poorest places in the world, you are surrounded by some of the kindest people you will ever meet.

“While I was there in 2010 I made a lot of friends, including Mingma Sherpa whose entire village has been destroyed.  They have been left with nothing other than the hope that the relief effort will reach them.  The villagers are living in tents and it is important that they are able to move back indoors before the impending monsoon season hits

“The daily updates I am getting, not just from Mingma, but also from climbing friends like Paul Devaney from Longford and Ian Taylor from Kildare, tell of the absolute devastation on the ground.  Those who survived the earthquakes and avalanche are left trying to work out how they are going to manage the very basic necessities of life like shelter, water, food and healthcare.”

Conscious that the relief effort will take many more months, if not years, the Armada Hotel Nepal appeal will continue for as long as is possible.  If you would like to make a donation, or get involved by arranging a fundraising event, please contact John Burke directly at the Armada Hotel.


For further information, please contact Liz Burke on M: 086 891 2153 or E: lizburkecommunications@btinternet.com

Photograph of John Burke climbing in Nepal with Aoibhin Garrihy​ attached.

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