Paul fell in love with Nepal before his first trip there. Having traveled to many third world countries, he decided, along with other members of the founding committee, to try and make a difference- and Kathmandu Kids was born. ‘It has grown a lot over the years mostly through the input of great people. It is an amazing experience to go back to Nepal and see the difference that the fundraiser makes’.
When not running the committee, Paul is Dad to three growing kids, Husband to Jodie and Managing Director of Phenomenon Creative Events.
The thought of a child receiving an education and a warm tracksuit – let alone the smiles on their faces is enough to keep me coming back each year. I am so proud that the event does not cost us $1 and we send the entire funds raised to SCAI. I am patiently waiting for the Nepal experience however I live vicariously through the constant updates and posts. Mother to one furry child – and I spend my days (the last 15 years) working for Frasers.
Graham is a lover of Nepal and its people. He has trekked the Himalayas a number of times including the Everest region, Langtang and Annapurna. Having seen the extreme poverty of Nepal, Graham readily joined Paul Cumming and the other founding members of the Kathmandu Kids project. “With the hard work of enthusiastic people and the generosity of our donors and sponsors, Kathmandu Kids has improved the life prospects of hundreds of Nepalese children since 2009” said Graham. In addition to his work with Kathmandu Kids, Graham is a company director, a business consultant and an enthusiastic player of Brazilian Samba music.
|Annette and Mahesh Advani
Annette and Mahesh have always had an affinity towards Nepal. It holds a special place in their hearts as it is where they became engaged back in 2008, and their involvement in Kathmandu Kids allows them to maintain a connection and give back to the amazing people of this country. Like many brilliant ideas that have gone before it, Annette remembers Kathmandu Kids being the brainchild of 2am ramblings with Paul after many bottles of red wine.
The famous quote by Margaret Mead resonates very strongly with the Kathmandu Kids committee and it’s supporters: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” While helping out with all the techy aspects of KK, the Advani family, which also includes their 5 year old son, are also full time foster carers with Mahesh working as a project manager.
Mike originally hails from Canada. A mad sports fan, he now knows AFL and cricket better than most Australians. He first traveled to Nepal in 1999 and has now traveled to the mountain land 6 times in total, once with his son. A founding member of Kathmandu Kids in 2009, Mike has a vision of empowering less fortunate children through education. Kathmandu Kids has enabled this vision to become a reality for hundreds of Nepalese children.
After spending 3 weeks traveling through Nepal in 2008 with her husband, Kara fell in love with the generous people and the adventure of trekking the Annapurna region.
Kara is originally from Adelaide and has been living in Perth for 4 years, with her family of husband Justin and daughters Scarlett aged 7 and Indiana 5.
Originally from New Zealand, Leonie had a member of her family work in Nepal in 1980 with Sir Edmund Hillary, and had long wanted to visit the country herself. Meeting the Kathmandu Kids team enabled that to happen with a trek to Nepal in May 2016 to experience the charms of this wonderful country and its people firsthand. Leonie works in a senior HR management position in Perth and derives particular satisfaction from her involvement with Kathmandu Kids, knowing that this fundraising effort helps keep families together and gives them a real future.
Scott has been a part of Kathmandu Kids since the inception. Although not having been to Nepal, he is passionate about making a generational change to the communities we support. Scott has been an auctioneer for over 16 years and carries out several charity auctions in Perth. The fact that 100% of the money from our event goes directly to the children, which sets us apart from most other charities, makes Scott proud that KK is making a difference. He is a dedicated family man and father of 2 girls, loves his sports and enjoys having the odd beer.