Aspi Moddie was one of the Himalayan Club’s oldest members (since 1949); he was its first real Indian President, a man who loved and nurtured the Club. At the time of his death at the age of 92, he was the eldest, the longest and most respected serving member of the Club, covering a period of 65 years. In his passing in 2014 the Club lost its friend, philosopher and guide.
The Moddie family and The Himalayan Club have decided to institute an Aspi Moddie Welfare Fund (AMWF) in his memory which will be funded by the Moddie family and managed by the Himalayan Club.
While the Himalayan Club will manage the Fund, the recommendations of The Himalayan Club regarding the beneficiary (ies), together with the recommended Grant(s) from the Fund, and the purpose for which it is being awarded will be communicated to the Moddie family before finalization.
A corpus of Rs. 5,00,000/- has been set up and the annual interest from this fund will be donated to a deserving family of a support staff who has lost his life or means of livelihood due to an accident on the mountains or a mountain village or community that has been affected by natural disaster. The amount of money to be awarded is at the discretion of the Managing Committee of the Himalayan Club in consultation with the Moddie family.
There will be one / more than one donation per year, given to a community, family or a person fulfilling the following criteria:
The assistance rendered will be in the form of financial relief, education, health/ medical treatment, rebuilding assistance.
Any expedition or community leader or organisation can recommend a support staff or family or community for availing benefits with detailed reasons for doing so. A full bio-data of the person and past expeditions may be attached. The awardee will be selected by the Managing Committee after studying the applications received.
The period of consideration for any given year will be the financial year.
The decision of the Managing Committee will be final and binding. The MC also reserves the right to carry forward the fund if there is no deserving candidate in any given year.
To apply for assistance under the said fund, application should be made as under:
Kindly forward all papers to Hon. Secretary, The Himalayan Club at the office address.