Grill’d rolls out help for Nepal

The 26-year-old manager of Grill�d Scarborough was on a trekking exhibition with his sister when the first earthquake hit and described the event as frightening and violent.

�We were sitting outside our lodge in Dhunche waiting for lunch when the earthquake hit,� he said. �We ran out on to the street and the ground started opening up.

�As the buildings shook we knew it was only sensible to run for our lives and exit the town.

�Nowhere was safe with a mountainous rise on one side of us and a steep cliff on the other.

�Rocks, soil and vegetation fell from above us as we left the town gates and tried to look for the safest place to go and then the earthquake subsided – it was the most terrifying two minutes of my life.�

The next three nights were spent in a refugee camp and while it was a terrible ordeal, Mr Williams said the open-hearted Nepali hospitality made it completely bearable.

�Some townsfolk were making food for the entire camp, which swelled in numbers and others brought blankets and tents,� he said.

�They did all of this with friendly disposition and smiles on their faces, even though some people had lost their homes, friends, families and more.

�I feel indebted to them for all the help they provided during our time at the camp and along the treacherous road back to Kathmandu.�

He now hopes a fundraiser on Saturday where $5 from every burger sold at Grill�d Scarborough will help raise much needed funds for the Friends of Nepal charity organisation.

�I fell in love with the country and its people,� he said. �My holiday took an unexpected turn in the form of an earthquake and I was lucky to survive but I love the environment and especially the people so much I would go back tomorrow if I could be of more use.�

The restaurant manager also plans to hold a separate music event later this year, where funds raised will also go to the charity.