Everest Awakening Events to Help Nepal

In the aftermath of a second earth quake hitting Nepal and compounding the disaster yesterday I was disappointed to see people who never leave their Brooklyn neighborhoods marking them selves and ‘safe’ on face book. Its not funny, original or cute. My good friend Angus Smyth, a disaster relief coordinator working with the Red Cross in Katmandu has the following to say on the subject:
“If you’re not in Nepal presently, you haven’t been known to live in Nepal, or you haven’t been known to have recently been traveling in Nepal, please don’t be a dumb ass and mark yourself on the Facebook Nepal post earthquake status. It’s not cute and wastes my time and bandwidth. Seriously, just leave it alone. Some of us are using this to be in contact with each other, account for each other, and connect with each other. Namaste.”
How about getting off the internet and helping out? Everest Awakeningan initiative by musicians, artists, and activists to collect money through collaborating and get it to the people who need it most right now started by Jesse Paris Smith, is hosting two Nepal Relief fundraisers in NYC this week.

Tonight at The Rubin Museum is  To Nepal With Love featuring the work of Sonam Tsomo, Tenzin Dickyi, Raju Lama, Muna Gurung, Sonam Rinzin, Shyam Nepali, and Jesse Paris Smith. This entry is free with donations to Raju Lama’s relife efforts in his home town being collected online and at the venue.

On the Sunday the 17th, Everest Awakening is partnering with City Winery for a Gathering For Nepal and Beyond to raise funds for the disaster relief with an afternoon of  music, art, and live painting by Patti Smith, Loudon Wainwright II, Kaki King, Jesse Paris Smith, Martha Mooke, Shyam Nepali, Raju Lama, Nicole Atkins, Tara Lobsang,Pema Kunsang, and more. Past events have raised over $200,000 for disaster relief.

If you cannot make either event you can donate directly to the organizations Everest Awakening has partnered with. Or you purchase songs from some amazing artists through the Everest Awakening Bandcamp.

You can also contact your local Red Cross and donate blood, disasters put a massive strain on the global supply. Donating only takes a few moments of your time, you are literally saving lives, and you get a cookie. 

Words: Chris Reed. You can follow him on Twitter @itschrisreed