Galashiels man organises curry night to aid Nepal

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A fundraiser to help victims of the recent Nepal earthquake is to be held in Galashiels later this month.

The quiz and curry night on June 20 in the town’s Focus Centre is being organised by Ongdi Sherpa, who hails originally from the Himalayan country and narrowly escaped being killed when the earthquake struck.

Ongdi, who has lived in the Borders since 2007, belongs to Nepal’s well-known Sherpa clan which famously provides the legendary Himalayan mountain guides.

Ongdi, who lives in Galashiels with wife Alison, and five-year-old daughter Tamzin, was visiting his parents at the time.

Once safely back home in Galashiels, Ongdi decided to raise as much money as he can to help affected villages in the more remote parts of the country.

Ongdi has also recently been speaking about the situation in Nepal to members of the Rotary Club in Selkirk and the congregations of Trinity Church in Galashiels and Caddonfoot.

“I really enjoyed talking to such lovely people.

“I’m not used to talking in public, but it was a good experience for me and all the people were really supportive,” he told us this week.

“And I am very grateful to the Taste of Spice restaurant in Selkirk which is donating a three-course meal for the event.”

The fundraising event will run from 5-10pm, with tickets priced £10 per person and children going free.

Tickets are available at the Subway sandwich shops in both Galashiels and Hawick, as well as from the Taste of Spice restaurant in Selkirk.

Alternatively, those interested in attending the curry night can email Ongdi at or call him on 07765 207258.