Staff and cadets at 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron are proud to be able to support Vinod Shrestha, a local Gurkha veteran, in his charity fundraising quest to cycle from Gorakhpur in India to Pokhara in Nepal in aid of British Army Gurkha Veterans.
Vinod will be cycling a distance of 267KM from Gorakhpur to Pokhara in 3 days on an Indian cycle and needs your help to raise funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Vinod explains why he’s taking on the challenge,
267KM in 3 days is nothing in contrast to what the Gurkhas, who have endured and sacrificed their lives for our future, have been through and I would like to dedicate this journey to my old and bold comrades.
Why have I chosen this route? India is the country where the long standing tradition of young Nepalese men joining the British Army began and many Gurkhas from Nepal walked this route through Gorakhpur. This route also has significance and lots of memories in my personal life as well. I travelled this route during school holidays on a Bus back to my home town of Pokhara in Nepal with my father Man Bahadur Shrestha, who was Subedar (Captain) in the Indian Army 5/3 Gurkha Rifles. My grandfather, Dal Bahadur Shrestha, was a Havildar (Sergeant) from 2/8 Gurkha Rifles (established in 1824 and amalgamated in to the British Indian Army) walked all the way to Gorakhpur to receive his pension.
I will be flying out to New Delhi, India on the 8th August 2012 - Take a train to the border town of Gorakhpur on the 9th and then begin my Cycle journey on 11th to Pokhara, Nepal via Nuatunwa, Butuwal, Tansen, Syangja and arrive in my home town Pokhara on the 13th.
All kind donations will go towards the betterment of the Gurkhas in desperate need of basic requirements and give them the message that they are not alone but part of a brotherhood.
Many thanks in advance for your support and donation.
Since leaving the British Army in June 2012 as a S/Sgt, having served 22 years with the Gurkhas, Vinod, has become a prominent member of Nuneaton’s Gurkha Veterans community and has helped SSAFA with a project to raise veteran awareness within schools. He has also agreed to help out with the Nuneaton Air Cadets by passing on some of his Gurkha survival training.
Having left the Army Vinod was helped via the Veterans Contact Point in Nuneaton (Another project with which the Squadron has close links) to secure his employment with Ubique Partnerships. He is currently employed on an internship as an Employment & Skills Case Manager on the New Leaf - Veterans Project which aims to support Veterans in Prisons and on Probation from across the West Midlands area.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “The Gurkhas who are stationed at Gamecock Barracks near Nuneaton have become an integrated part of our local community and since leaving the Army Vinod has agreed to come down to the Squadron and teach the cadets some of the survival techniques used by the Gurkhas. So we would be delighted to help Vinod to achieve his quest in aid of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Unfortunately we can’t actually go with him to Nepal but we can try to rally support for his charity fundraising quest."
So if you would like to support Vinod and the many British Army Gurkha Veterans that need our help then please visit Vinod’s ‘Just Giving’ page and leave a donation. Thank you in advance for your support.”