These are just a few words from individuals who attended June 19th Hike and Sketch at Bear Mountain.
The event was fun, relaxed, and a rousing success. We were blessed with a beautiful day for the event and ~60 attendees came out to enjoy the sun and sky with us. It was a day in which people of many ages and social classes came together for the education of the youth of Nepal, and got some good exercise, enjoyed the beauty of the Hudson Valley and learned a new hobby from skilled artists.
At the end of the day, AO raised over $3700! Wow! Great job to everyone involved, and a big thank you to everyone who came out and donated. But we still need more donations to accomplish our program in Nason, so if you haven't donated and would like to, PLEASE DO!! Just click the button below.
About $300 of the funds raised have been donated to the relief efforts in Manang, and the recent flooding and Covid efforts there.
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The day began bright and sunny, a perfect day to hike with friends and learn a new skill. Attendees had the option of three trails; a short one around the lake, a longer ~30 to 45 min one along the historic Appalachian Trail and a gorgeous view of the Hudson Valley, and a challenging 2 hr trail with an amazing view of both the Hudson Valley and the Manhattan Skyline at the peak.
One of the attendees, our board member, Prava Adhikari, hiked the shortest trail with artistic guide, Stefano Imberto. She described the short twenty minute hike as "exciting. There were steps, but it wasn't steep. And there was a nicely built bridge which was thrilling to cross."
When asked what her favorite part of the event was she stated that it was, "Well organized, relaxing and a fun interactive mix of different generations, from different social classes, from different areas of the world. A blend of people with different cultures, food and beliefs."
Another of the attendees was Dr. Bhaikunta Chaulaga, a doctor down in Texas, who attended the event with his wife. Bhaikunta really enjoyed the hiking aspect of the event, as he got to spend a beautiful day with his beautiful wife, and enjoy nature. But he was also raising funds for a wonderful cause dear to his heart. He even won the sketching event! And acquired a painting from famed artist, Stefano Imberto, who also joined us on the hike and helped instruct the hikers on the artistic compositions.
Bhaikunta and his wife hiked the medium trail, which was two hours, up to the top where there was a tall tower. When asked why he enjoys Altruistic Odyssey events, he responded, "AO had a variety of different campaign and events which are always fun and eventful. The target of the hike is to grow funds and make connections for AO, as well as have some fun."
Meet Angelina and Aaron. They have wonderful, heartwarming, and hopeful story about the youth of today. Their family are natives to Queens, New York, and their mother is very active in the Nepali community and volunteering with Nepali nonprofits. At their mother's insistence, Angelina and Aaron are involved in the Nepali community and nonprofits as well so "they can become strong and resilient and understand the value of giving and how a little donation and time can have the biggest impact."
The entire family joined us June 19th for the Hike and Sketch, in which they hiked the most difficult hike. Their mother also donated 100 dollars to Altruistic Odyssey, under Angelina and Aaron's names! Our youngest donors to date! Thank you, Angelina and Aaron, for all that you do! Keep Helping the community and setting an example!
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