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Murdoch University Dubai responds to Nepal quake

May 17, 2015

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On April 25, three undergraduate students from Murdoch University Dubai and five staff members of the university’s infrastructure provider, Global Institute Middle East had just landed at the Kathmandu airport for a trek to Everest Base Camp when the powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. They proceeded to drive towards the centre of Kathmandu, but were abandoned by their driver, who left to check on his own family, and had to hike to their hotel. As they hiked into town, they saw the unfolding human tragedy and, as a group, decided that they must help. After just over 48 hours the team was able to fly out of Nepal and return to Dubai.

“While we have left the devastation in Nepal, the devastation will never leave us”, said Gary Fernandes, Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment for Murdoch University Dubai. “We were shaken by the earthquake but stirred to action”, added Chris Pilgrim, Senior Vice President of Global Institute Middle East, who was also on the team. Moved to action by what they had seen, the team planned a relief effort while on the flight back to Dubai. Immediately upon landing the plan was put into action. To date the team has collected 62 cubic metre boxes of supplies, including 1,200 jackets, 20 full boxes of blankets, 200 tents, 25 boxes of children’s clothes, and 15 boxes of food. These items were donated by Murdoch Dubai students, Global staff, Wipro, Red Pepper, RAK Bank and the Landmark Group. All of these donations were routed through Emirates Red Crescent and have already been transported to Nepal. The Murdoch and Global Institute team are far from done, with the start of the May teaching period, an even bigger drive of both goods and cash is underway, again to be donated through Emirates Red Crescent.

“We at Global Institute Middle East are doing our best to help those in dire need with the help of reputable aid agencies and, having personally seen the tragedy, I sincerely request everyone who can, to help by donating as much as possible to help the great people of Nepal overcome this catastrophe”, said Mr. Rakesh Wahi, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Global Institute Middle East and one of the members of the team that experienced the earthquake.

“We are tremendously proud of the efforts of the trekking team for leading such a successful relief effort. We are even more proud of two of our alumni, Asim Rai and Paurav Shah, who are on the ground in Nepal directly supporting the relief efforts”, said Dan Adkins, Academic Director of Murdoch University Dubai.

Murdoch and Global Institute team encourages everyone to contribute to the Nepal relief efforts and reach out to the people of Nepal.

Media contact: Gary Fernandes

Head of Marketing and Student Recruitments

Email: Gary.Fernandes@murdochdubai.ac.ae