Raising Money For The Victims Of The Nepal Earthquake

Fundraising With Shareagift

This week we spoke to Gaurav and Lana about their campaign to raise money for the people of Nepal following the deadly earthquake that shattered the country in April, killing more than 9,000 people and injuring more than 23,000.

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1 – What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Nepal?

We were both extremely fortunate to meet the lovely and warm people of Nepal in November 2013 and were overwhelmed with concern and grief when we saw the country completely devastated from the quakes.

Being the people we are, we could not go on enjoying our rather comfortable Western living being fully aware that there are lovely people somewhere who have just lost everything which they need to have a meaningful existence. Hence we have made a conscious decision to forego wedding gifts, and instead use our wedding for raising funds for the victims of the recent deadly Nepal earthquakes.

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2 – Why did you choose Shareagift?

Two reasons – word of mouth and all the positive messages associated with the website from its user community. We really felt comfortable in Shareagift’s ability to make our friends and family feel secure about their donations, as well as the ease of making transactions. The deal clincher were the numerous success stories which we read about on the website itself.

3 – How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

Well, we have really just begun socialising the website. Our wedding is in November so we hope people will donate generously once we get closer to the date.

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4 – How much of an impact will this money have on the Nepal quake victims?

We think given the monetary exchange rate and the relative higher appreciation of daily essentials in Nepal, this money will make a huge difference to people who are worried how they will put food on the table while trying to rebuild their lives and existence.

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5 – If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

We think this is a great platform to raise money for charitable causes and will definitely look to leverage it again more frequently for them. Generally I think the world could do with a lot more karmic thought and action.

For more information and to help Gaurav and Lana raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake visit their page.

If you have a cause close to your heart that you would like to start raising money for, head on over to Shareagift and start your own campaign.

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Top 5 Breathtaking Pools From Around The World!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Well Deserved Break

It was announced this week that the Irish developer Ballymore plans to build an all glass swimming pool in the sky in Nine Elms, London. It will be completely structure free and rest between two apartment buildings. Many have slated the idea saying that there is a reason it has never been done before. We think it’s a great idea and it has inspired us to scour the Internet and bring you our top 5 most breath taking pools from around the world.

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The Cambrian, Switzerland

This infinity pool in the Cambrian hotel is part of their luxury spa. This heated outdoor pool is surrounded by magnificent views of the Swiss Alps and trails off into a nearby stream. The hotel is open throughout the year giving skiers and walkers alike somewhere to relax after a long day up in the mountains.

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Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania

This pool in Sanctuary Swala resort in Tanzania overlooks a water hole in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park. Elephants, antelopes and all sorts of wildlife run free and this is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of them. The pool is a favourite amongst holidaymakers who need somewhere to cool down and escape from the baking heat.

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Golden Nugget, Las Vegas

The Tank in the Golden Nugget complex in Las Vegas boasts a 3 story waterslide, a shark tank, hot tubs, bar service and 15 private cabanas. You can swim right up to the shark tank and even book a guided tour by a marine biologist who will talk you through all the sea creatures that live within the pool complex. Whether you want to bask out in the desert sun or take shade and relax in the indoor pool, this complex is any water lovers ultimate dream!

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Giola Lagoon, Greece

This natural natural pool is situated near the village of Astris on Thasson in the Greek Islands. It looks and feels like a swimming pool however the natural phenomenon was created by water eroding the nearby rocks to create the pool. The rocks are terraced like and so are easy to walk on and the sun-rays mixed with the colour from the water and rocks give this pool its green tint

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Hanging Gardens Ubud, Bali

This tiered infinity pool at hanging gardens Ubud in Bali is set on top of a cliff and is surrounded by the rainforest. Each room in the hotel has its own private infinity edge pool and they are all joined by a small flowing stream.

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Have you ever thought about owning your own swimming pool or hot tub in your garden or know someone that desperately wants one? Or perhaps you and your friends love to swim and you long to visit somewhere that offers an exotic pool. Or maybe you know someone that deserves a relaxing spa day. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online, you can collect money from friends towards an amazing group trip, experience or a group gift like a spa day for that friend who deserves a relaxing break.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs That You Must Try This Summer In Munich!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Trip To Munich

If you’re headed to Munich this summer and are looking for something other than Oktoberfest, or if you are headed to Oktoberfest are looking to take a couple of days out to explore the city, don’t just head into the nearest place you find, look around and do a bit of exploring! These pubs will be right down your alley if you’re after something that is not going to break the bank and is a bit different than the usual German pub.

Drugstore

This quirky bar/café/restaurant sports wooden furniture, marvel tables, red leather coaches and hanging chandeliers. Surrounded by mainstream bars this place sticks out like a sore thumb and is well worth is visit if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Inside the bar you will also find a newsstand with comics, papers and all sorts of different reading material and there is also a theatre, which put on evening and weekend shows including cabaret, acoustic sessions and DJ sets.

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Laborbar

Located on the edge of Strachus square in central Munich, Laborbar is a science lab themed pub with the barmen dressed as scientists in lab coats and many of the drinks being served out of syringes into test tubes. Their shot menu ranges from toxic to radioactive and flammable and on Thursdays and most evenings you can get six shots for a mere 5€! They also hold a weekly beer pong competition every Thursday with first prize being €50 (or 60 shots!).

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This bar is a favourite amongst locals and has an ‘unfinished’ theme to the place. With lightbulbs hanging out the end of tube piping and tables and chairs with sides or legs missing, on first glance it would like like the place is in the middle of a refurbishment. With a great atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks the bar is certainly worth a look if your bored of the mainstream pubs that surround it.

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Niederlassung

Niederlassung (or branch) is a great hangout for those of you looking to put your feet up and relax to some indie and alternative music. The bar is an ensemble of odd and old-fashioned furniture, which makes the place look and feel like a weird apartment building that serves drinks! It’s a great place away from the crowds and loud sounds of Munich town, and after you’ve relaxed on one of the sofas it will feel like home in no time.

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Bar Sehnsucht

Described by many as the ‘bar for big boys’ this bar looks like a set from the TV show Sons Of Anarchy! The bar plays a selection of heavy metal music, has pictures of porn movies scattered across the walls and has bras hanging over the bar. With a selection of different beers, ales and ‘manly’ shots on offer, this is a go to place for bikers and rock n roll fans alike.

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Use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 Alternative Experiences

Save With Shareagift Towards … An Alternative Day Out

Many weird and wonderful experiences seem to be popping up across the UK this year, last week saw the world’s first Wavegarden open in North Wales! Whether it is for a birthday, stag do or just a random day out it is time to get planning! We have picked out our top 5 alternative experiences across the UK that you and your friends must try this summer!

Tank Paintball Battles

As you can probably imagine this experience involves you riding around with 2 friends in a tank shooting paintballs at the enemy tank. You are taught how to drive the tank by looking through a periscope and how to load, aim and fire the cannon. This is a great group experience for any paintball fan or for anyone looking to let off some steam on the battlefield!

Flyboarding

This is probably the closest you will come to that hover-board that Back To The Future predicted. With flyboarding you will be strapped onto a board, which shoots jets of high-powered water from nozzles at your feet and on your arms allowing you to glide across the water or shoot upwards of ten metres.

Vampire Hunting

In a secret location in the village of Droitwich, you can become a vampire hunter for the day! You will be kitted out and trained by a group of ex-military experts who will prepare you for your vampire hunt. You will then be split into smaller groups and put through a number of different combat scenarios where you will be required to venture out into the streets for rescue and attack missions.

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Zombie Blitz

If Vampires aren’t your thing then how about escaping from a hoard of flesh eating zombies? Located in Waterloo tube station this experience is set in 1940 during the time of the London Blitz. You will venture as a group through a number of tunnels and play out different scenarios with characters that you will have to judge whether they are trustworthy or not. If running from zombies, getting trapped in pitch black rooms and being scared silly is your idea of a great day out then this interactive group experience is right down your alley!

Wavegarden

This lagoon, which opened last week in North Wales, allows surfers to try surfing on a number of different waves based on their experience. The technology behind the wave machines allows for perfect waves to be created from 0.7m to 2m high. This is the perfect training ground for surfers who want to be able to learn the basics or to perfect their technique in a safe and natural environment.

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With Shareagift you can save and collect money from friends and organise a great experience this summer. You can use Shareagift to save towards group experiences for any occasion from birthdays to stag dos or group office events. Shareagift is an easy, fast and convenient way to raise cash online for anything and everything!

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Save With Shareagift Towards … An Unforgettable Experience

If you are planning on going away with friends or family this year and are looking for something a bit different then Shareagift has you covered. This week we have sought out some of our favourite natural sights from across the world and they are all well worth a visit!

1 – Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. It is located on the Guiana Shield in Venezuela. It is considered one the oldest geological formations on earth and dates back over two billion years ago! At its highest point it is 9,219 feet high.

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2 – The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

This unusual train track is surrounded by greenery and has become a huge tourist attraction in Ukraine. The track is used for wooden work and a train transports wood to a local factory via this track three times a day. Legend says that couples who ride through the green tunnel and make a wish will get what they wished for.

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3 – Lake Hillier, Australia

Lake Hillier is a saline lake off the South coast of Western Australia. The lake water is permanently pink even when taken out of the lake and the colour is due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina which is a type of micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields. The chemical is often used in cosmetics and dietary supplements.

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4 – Naica Mine, Mexico

This mine in Mexico is best known for its extraordinary selenite crystals. It is a working mine and contains lead, zinc and sliver. The cave of crystals, which was discovered, whilst mining, is approximately 1000 feet below the surface in a large chamber. Hydrothermal fluids from the magma chambers below formed the crystals.

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5 –Seaside Park, Hitchai

This seaside park in Japan brings in thousands of tourists each year to admire its millions of flowers. Covering an area of 190 hectares, the park feautures blooming flowers all year round.

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If this has given you itchy feet then head over to Shareagift and start saving for this year’s ultimate group holiday. Shareagift is the easiest way to collect money online and you can use it to collect funds online for anything from group holidays to plane tickets and even shared meals. Collecting money online has never been so easy, so head over to Shareagift now and start a campaign today.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In Paris!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Trip To Paris

Last week we took you on a wild tour of some of London’s most random pubs, this week we are crossing the channel to bring you some of the strangest and most amazing pubs that Paris has to offer. If you are planning a trip to Paris this summer, or are looking for a reason to visit the French capital then look no further. We have chosen our top 5 most random pubs across Paris that are well worth a visit.

1 – Lucha Libre – The French Wrestling Pub

This backstreet bar in Paris may not look much from the outside but it not only serves some of the best mojitos in the French capital, it has a real wrestling ring in the basement. The pub has a Mexican theme and they serve a selection of tapas and cocktails including 10 different mojitos.

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2 – Zero De Conduite – Childhood Memories

This bar in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood serves cocktails out of baby bottles which are named after children’s characters including Peter Pan and Snoopy. If you are looking for somewhere to kick back, suck on a bottle and watch some great cartoons then this is the place for you!

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3 – La Fee Verte – Absinthe Galore!

The Green Fairy is an old-fashioned café and absinthe bar in central Paris. This bar comes alive in the evening with a selection of different types of Absinthe served in the traditional manner. It can be drunk straight from the glass, with a spoon and sugar cubes or from the absinthe fountain on the bar.

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4 – Batofar – Paris’s Floating Bar

Batofar is a large docked boat and inside you will find one of Paris’s most intriguing bar and nightclubs. The venue is known for bringing in some of the most internationally renowned bands and DJ’s, and it is rare for there to be a night without music trailing off into the early hours.

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5 – Le Trucmush – Beer And A Bath

This quirky and weirdly decorated pub is a favourite amongst Parisian students. Many of the tables are made from strange household items including baths and sinks and the ceiling sports a retro disco ball with flashing neon lights. Happy hour lasts from 6 to 9 in the evenings and is usually accompanied with a themed night including karaoke and Mario Kart competitions.

Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 World’s Weirdest Hotels

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Great Getaway

We all go to hotels to relax, put our feet up and relax in a calm and inviting environment. Or so that’s what most hotels aim to do… Today we look at the top 5 weirdest hotels: Where unoffensive decor and normal services are not on their list of priorities.

1. Hotel CasAnus

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As the name would suggest, yes, this little hotel is indeed a giant replica of the digestive system

STIAN_BUM HOTEL_IMAGE007 A HOTEL shaped like a COLON is getting rave reviews from punters…who are saying it is 'spicing up their sex life'. The CasAnus Hotel in Belgium offers couples a night inside a colon for just 120 Euros - around £100 - complete with a double bed, shower and central heating. Couples are flocking to the one-room hotel on an island near Antwerp to enjoy a night inside the colon, saying it's 'amazing'. The hotel was designed by Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout and is run by owners Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, who say the hotel is 'extremely popular' with couples. STIAN ALEXANDER 07528 679198

Located near Antwerp, Belgium, the large colon was, originally, a contemporary art piece by Joep Van Lieshout. It was turned into a hotel when Verbeke-Lens, the current owner, discovered that the vast space inside was suitable for nightly stays by travelers. For a very ‘modest’ fee of $150, you too can stay inside the only Anus hotel in the world.

2. Henna-na Hotel

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It may sounds like the start of every dystopian film but, in Japan, a robot hotel has recently opened its doors (automatically, of course).

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Robotic arm sorting out your luggage for you

Henna-na, literally meaning ‘weird’, is fully automated. Meaning you’re greeted by humanoid robots and a dinosaur that speaks English, your luggage is transported by machines and even your bed is made by a robot. There isn’t even the need for keys; every door has facial recognition technology.

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Creepy or amazing? You decide.

3. Propeller Island City Lodge

The name doesn’t give much away but this quirky little hotel in Berlin offers the unique experience of staying in different ‘concepts’.

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Upside down room

For example, you can choose to spend the night in an ‘upside down room’, where all the furniture is glued to the ceiling and everything is topsy turvy.

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Mirror room

If you felt that was disorientating enough, check out their Mirror Room.

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Finally, if you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to be dead – book a night in the Coffin Room… The design of the room is meant to recreate the feeling of resting in peace…

4. The Godiva Chocolate Suite

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If you have a ‘suite’ tooth, you’ll love this Valentine’s Day promotion at The Bryant Park Hotel, Manhattan. Every year, the hotel teams up with chocolatiers and artists to create a room made entirely of chocolate. Every wall is lined with chocolate and you can even see (and eat) a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”. Romantic! With a slight Hansel and Gretel vibe…

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Ali Larter (Heroes) not looking awkward at all whilst posing with chocolate “The Kiss”

5. Tianzi Hotel

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Last but not least is Guiness World Record’s “biggest image building”: Tianzi Hotel. Situated in Hebei, China; these three jolly dudes depict the Chinese gods of good fortune, prosperity and longevity. What’s more, you can book out the peach in Fortunes’s hand for a fruity stay!

With Shareagift you can see more of the weird and wonderful things out there in the world. Start a group fund so that you experience these unique places with your friends. Create a gift page on Shareagift today to start funding your ideal stay, whether it be totally bizarre or completely ordinary.

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