Prof. Surya Subedi supports fundraising campaign for Nepal’s Earthquake Survivors
Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a pic of Professor Surya Subedi putting his feet up on the job. The Professor of International Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, is actually barefoot in support of a national campaign fundraising healthcare and aid for survivors of the Nepal earthquakes.
In style of recent activities like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, #NoSocksRocks is a social media campaign kick-started by independent UK charity Health Exchange Nepal (HExN) to raise awareness of the earthquake appeal and to reach a fundraising target of £100,000. HExN invites supporters to share photos of themselves without socks at work or taking part in their favourite activities, using the hashtag #NoSocksRocks.
At time of writing £60,000 has already been raised and so HExN asks people to support the campaign by challenging friends and workmates, encouraging donations of £5 if people take the barefoot challenge and £10 if they don’t.
Professor Surya Subedi who is native of Nepal commented: “The earthquake in Nepal was a massive disaster, but as a person of Nepalese origin I was encouraged by the level of generosity displayed by the British people in this hour of need and this campaign is an example of it. I thank the organisers for their hard work and wish them all the best.”
Professor Satyan Rajbhandari, General Secretary of HExN has commented: “People have been very generous across the country, and that support has enabled us to get doctors to the areas most in need in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The terrible injuries many survivors have will require long-term support. Our next challenge is to offer rehabilitation treatment to people in Nepal, so that we can give them the best quality of life.”
HExN has already sent a 21-strong team of volunteer doctors from Britain to help survivors of the two earthquakes which struck Nepal in April and May, causing thousands of casualties.
Donations can be made online. For more information on the No Socks Rocks campaign you can visit the HExN website.