This was originally posted by Day of Crisis.
Meet Vivek and Diana! Vivek was born and raised in Nepal until the age of 14. Diana is from Colombia and moved to Miami, FL when she was 6 years old. Together they run Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts, an MMA school in the DC metro area.
Recently, Vivek and Diana were moved to respond to devastating earthquake in Nepal by hosting a DIY fundraiser at their gym. To date they have raised more than $30,000!
Q: What was your event?
A: We organized our largest fundraising effort to date, Fight for Nepal, to raise funds for Project Hope’s Nepal fund. As part of the effort, we created a website, fightfornepal.com, to highlight the importance of the cause and the events of the day. Our media team did a great job with the site.
Q: Why did you choose Project HOPE as the beneficiary of the funds you raised?
A: We knew we wanted to work with an organization that was reliable, organized, had a low overhead, and would apply the funds raised directly to assist the earthquake victims in Nepal. We did some research and came up with Project Hope. A student of ours who was friends with a Project Hope photographer also recommended Project Hope. We spoke with a Project Hope rep, saw that Project Hope had volunteers on the ground in Nepal and were doing amazing work out there, and decided this was the right fit for us.
Q: What was your favorite part of the event?
A: Our favorite part of the Fight for Nepal fundraising event was seeing how committed and involved our students were to the cause, knowing it was something very important to my husband and I. Our younger students participated in an in-house tournament and a Kick-A-Thon, and they worked so hard to raise as much money as they could. Our adult students also came through in an incredible way, promoting the event, bringing friends and family, and participating in a Kick-A-Thon. It was truly an amazing day.