Go Beetle, go

KATHMANDU:

Have you been bitten by the ANBUG? If you haven’t, you’ll probably be missing out on something fascinating that defines your Capital.

ANBUG stands for the Association of Nepal Beetle Users’ Group, and it is time yet again for the annual Beetle rally. Officially known as the ANBUG Himalayan VW Beetle Rally, this is the sixth rally in as many years. The rally scheduled for September 16 will be flagged off at 8:30 am from Durbar Marg. It will travel to Kakani.

“Our aim is not just for Beetle-owners to have fun. We believe in fun with a purpose,” says Gopal Kakshapati explaining the real purpose behind the rally.

The rally is organised in conjunction with the Council for Cleft Lip and Palate, and a part of the proceeds will go towards the council. “Cleft lip can be considered a social curse, especially for girls in a society like ours. For many operation is not possible as it costs from Rs 15,000-20,000,” says Kakshapati. So, this is ANBUG’s way of making life better for so many of our children. Quoting Dr Narayan Thapa, who has done a numer of corrective surgeries at the council at subsidised rates, Kakshapati says one baby out of every 40,000 is born with a cleft lip or palate, and there are 100,000 children with this problem in Nepal.

Their other focus is the Ganesh Nimna Madhyamik Vidyalaya at Kakani. “The school has around 200 students but only six teachers. Since our destination this year is Kakani and we believe in helping locals of any area that we visit, we plan to sponsor at least one teacher for the school.”

Forty Beetle owners have signed up for the rally. And to add to the fun, there are a number of prizes for all the participants — best decorated Beetle, best maintained, least maintained, most fancy-dressed driver, most fancy-dressed co-passenger, and the newest Beetle owner. The last category, explains Kakshapati, has been set up seeing the popularity of the Beetle among the younger crowd.