He may be based in New York now, but Singapore-born, Kathmandu-raised fashion designer Prabal Gurung is pledging his suport to the many victims of Saturday's earthquake in Nepal. Last Saturday's terrifying 7.9 magnitude earthquake has seen the death toll and injury count rise to the thousands, with the country in severe need of aid.
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While Gurung already had a non-profit organisation in place - the Shikshya Foundation Nepal, which is committed to raising fund for underprivilged Nepalise children - he has repurposed the charity funds to go to the earthquake victims. Using CrowdRise as his platform, the designer is seeking donations from industry colleagues and anyone in the community. Gurung has a highly personal attachment to the issue - members of his family (including his parents) have been affected and are stuck outside of their home for "fear of aftershocks."
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"There will be another crunchtime in a week or two, when the attention of the world moves on: that's when Nepal will really need help," he recently told the New York Times. "Especially in the small villages that at the moment are almost inaccessible."
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So far, over US$378,000 has been raised. To make a pledge to Prabal Gurung's Nepal earthquake relief fund, please visit CrowdRise.