Orange County, California—(October 13, 2015) – David Reeve, producer of three recent events benefiting Nepal, announced today that a total of $9,300 was raised in support of two nonprofits, Nepali Youth Foundation and Empower Nepali Girls, featuring the photographs of mountaineer and recent avalanche survivor, Kuntal Joisher.
In April 2015, an earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing more than 18 people and injuring over 70. The earthquake caused mass devastation in Nepal as well where over nine and a half thousand people died, tens of thousands were seriously injured, and the destruction caused more than half a million out of their homes and into temporary living situations. In response to the devastation from the earthquake, avalanche survivor and photographer, Kuntal Joisher, collaborated with marketing consultant and producer, David Reeve to host the three charity events.
On September 17, Joisher spoke in front of a capacity crowd at REI in Tustin, CA where he told his story of survival in the worst avalanche to hit Nepal since 1943. Joisher then shared his dramatic viral video of the terrifying experience that has received 23 million views on YouTube.
A second event was held at the Kopeikin Gallery located in the Heart of the Culver City Arts District on September 20. This exhibit displayed photos from Josher’s collection, “Nepal Himalaya: Journey Through the Kingdom of Snow and Ice”.
The second gallery exhibition, which was featured here in the Orange County Register, was held at the California Center for Digital Arts in Brea, CA on September 24. Tempo Urban Kitchen provided vegan food as Joisher is currently attempting to be the first vegan to summit Mount Everest. Joisher showed his video of the avalanche at this event as well.
Event sponsors include CallFire, Colony Logic, Matchcraft, Kopeikin Gallery, REI, California Center for Digital Arts, AOSA Image, Updopt, Mother’s Market, Sprouts, Bob Killen Art, and Tempo Urban Kitchen.