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CPL Group, PNG’s biggest retailer, has come to the aid of Nepal by donating K63,000 as assistance to its earthquake victims. CPL matched the amount of the fundraising efforts done by the Nepalese community.
Last April 25, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It severely shook the lives of at least 8 million people and left many homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu, have been badly damaged and rural areas near the epicentre have been completely cut off by avalanches.
Over 8000 people have already been confirmed dead and the figure is likely to rise significantly in the coming days. Even those whose homes are still standing are sleeping in the streets because they are terrified by regular aftershocks.
CPL Group Chairman Mahesh Patel said
We hope that our humble donation will be a huge boost to the earthquake victims of Nepal and hope they will be reminded that they’re not forgotten. We are more than happy to give donations to this recovery effort. The damage was indeed extensive and heart-breaking but the courage of the Nepalese is simply amazing.”
I have seen and heard harrowing tales of desperate need and profound loss on TV and internet. If we can give what we are able to help the families who have been devastated by this tragedy, we can all make a difference.”
A lot of CPL’s community service ideas had evolved from projects in Nepal, like the kunai grass papermaking project, agricultural programs and a host of other projects which I have personally visited. That’s why I can relate to the sorrows of the people in the villages I have visited, which, do not exist now, Patel said.
CPL has a long history of engagement with providing assistance on calamity victims here and overseas. In 2012, they have donated in kind for the victims of Fiji’s devastating flood in its largest island in Viti Levu. In 2013, CPL donated K20,000 to the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea for their fundraising efforts for those affected by the strongest typhoon on record, typhoon Haiyan in storm-ravaged Philippines. Earlier this year, they have come to the aid of flood victims of West New Britain by donating K125,000 worth of assistance to its people.
And here is an excerpt of the speech from the Nepalese representative after receiving the cheque:
On behalf of the PNG Non Residential Nepali Association and the Nation of Nepal.
I would like to express our deepest appreciation for this very generous contribution from your company.
The earthquake of 25th April, 2015 was one of the worst natural disasters ever experienced by Nepal.
It left over 10,000 people dead and over 10,000 people homeless. The humanitarian needs of those most affected are significant and ongoing. Disaster brings out the best in humankind and the Nepalese Earthquake has been no exception. The Nepalese worldwide have responded generously and the support of Non-Nepalese has been equally generous.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the donation provided by CPL Group today which is the largest that any company has provided to any of the Non-Resident Nepali Association, which are represented today in 70 countries around the world.
Our team has been working in the field since the earthquake, delivering urgent needed supplies such as Tents, food and medicine. Now we are moving into the reconstruction phase and this includes building 1000 new houses to families that lost their homes.
Your donation will help to make a real difference to those affected by the earthquake. So again, I would like to sincerely thank you Mr. Patel and your team at CPL for demonstrating your global Humanity.