The North Lake College Art Club organized a silent auction of art
work by students and art faculty to raise money for student Raj Silwal
from Nepal, who was initially injured in an automobile crash. The
silent auction ran from March 4-7, and 17-20. Over $2500 was raised
to help Raj with his medical expenses.
When Raj Silwal was injured in the accident, he
was taken to Parkland hospital, where, during the
trauma evaluation, doctors discovered a brain tumor.
He was in the hospital for several days before the
Nepalese Society of Texas was contacted. North Lake
art student Kapil Dixit is a member of the society
and learned about the plight of his fellow student.
Kapil enlisted the help of Bridget Talley, friend
and President of the Art Club, to help him with a
project to raise money for Raj’s medical expenses.
With the help of North Lake Gallery Director Steven
Benezue and Marty Ray, Art Program Director, a silent
auction was organized. Students and art faculty freely
donated works to the auction, and “House of
Colors,” a gallery in Grapevine also donated
a piece of work.
As Kapil Dixit said, “I wanted to do something
for him (although Kapil did not know Raj) as he is
so far from home.” North Lake has over 800
international students, a large number are from Nepal.
Raj is from a small village and his father is a farmer.
Enough money was donated to pay for his father to
travel to Dallas to be with his son. He has successfully
undergone surgery to remove the tumor and is now
undergoing further treatment at Parkland.
For more information about Raj, or to donate to
his recovery, call the college’s International
Center at 972-273-3047.
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County
Community College District. Educational opportunities
are offered by the Dallas County Community College
District without regard to race, color, age, national
origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.