TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – It’s been nearly three months since the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Since then, more than 8,500 people died and several aftershocks ruined even more of the country.
Kamal Tiwari, a Bay Area resident, along with Tampa Bay Nepalese Community with UNITED FNA FANS, organized a 5K at Al Lopez Park Saturday morning. All of the proceeds go to earthquake victims. Tiwari couldn’t help but remember that devastating day in April.
“My grandma, an earthquake victim, was under a wall and the wall collapsed on her,” Tiwari said. “She was buried neck deep and they had to pull her out. She had broken legs and she was lucky and got treatment. Thousands lost lives and thousands of schools got damaged.”
The magnitude 7.8 quake destroyed many monuments. But Tiwari wants the people, so far away, to know that they’re not alone.
“Stay strong, Nepal,” Tiwari said. “The Tampa Bay community is here to support.” Most of the other runners participating in the 5K didn’t have such a strong connection to Nepal.
Some participated just for fun, but others enjoyed learning about the culture through traditional music and food.
“Thinking about the earthquake definitely pushes you to run a little faster,” Cody Davison said.