MUSIC NEWS: Underside Relaunch Metal For Nepal Charity For COVID-19 Relief
Nepalese metallers Underside have relaunched their Metal For Nepal charity, due to the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kathmandu-based band have previously used their success to help their home country, raising funds through international touring, festival appearances, and most recently rebuilding three hundred homes after the Nepalese earthquake in 2015.
Underside have released the following statement:
“Hello, this is Underside from Kathmandu, Nepal. We hope you’re all keeping safe in these strange times. We’re aware the whole world is struggling with the consequences of this pandemic; but wish urgently to highlight the crisis currently afflicting a third-world country like Nepal.
As seen in many societies, it’s the people at the bottom of the ladder suffering the most. Thousands of migrant workers from India are trying to get home, causing a humanitarian crisis at the border. People haven’t had access to food and water for days.
This is simply unacceptable. Even in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu, daily wage workers are dying from starvation. We want to do something about it, just as we did during Nepal’s cataclysmic earthquake in 2015, which destroyed over 600,000 homes.
With the help of our amazing Swiss friends at No Silence for Nepal Association and the support of the global metal community, we were able to build over 300 homes in the district of Gorkha.
We firmly believe the Metal and Arts community will come together once again and help us save lives! We are requesting your support in whatever way you can.
Stay safe and lots of love from Kathmandu, Nepal.”
The most urgent requirement is for funds, donations can be made through the charity website HERE.
Underside are also donating all funds from their online store through the sale of band merchandise, as well as artwork from international tattoo artists including John Ma (Nepal), Bimal Rai (Nepal), Ahaj Man (Thailand), Arne (Germany) and Dong Dong Ci (China). Check out the band’s webstore HERE.
Details of an auction to raise money will also be revealed soon.
If you are unable to donate, the band are also encouraging fans to raise awareness through social media. For further information head to the Metal For Nepal website HERE.