Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"I wish to send my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who passed away in the helicopter tradegy. Your work is very important to all of us in this fragile world that we live in!"
Rob, Cape Town, SA

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"This is a tragic loss. They died trying to save nature, and their legacy will be the nature they helped to protect."
Chris Rose, Norfolk, UK

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"What a terrible shock. My condolences go out to the families and friends of the people on board of the helicopter and to their colleagues in the WWF Network. I wish all of you much strength in filling the gaps they leave behind."
Michel van Delft, Driebergen, The Netherlands

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"Ellos no han muerto porque siguen viviendo en el mar, en los bosques, en la tierra, en la naturaleza... En cada uno de nosotros que amamos y luchamos por un mundo y un mañana mejor."
Rosalvia Recchiuti, Caracas, Venezuela

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"Deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the brave people who lost their lives in service to our greatest resources. Your work continues every day, and your efforts will not be forgotten. Peace."
Weston Blaney, Alexandria, Virginia, USA

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"Dear family members and friends of Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Harka Gurung, Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley and Matthew Preece, please receive my depeest condolences and hart felt sympathy for your loss."

"The staff of WWF who died in this tragic accident are unsung heroes of perhaps one of the hardest and longest battles of all being fought in this planet: helping to keep it alive and healthy for us and our descendants, as well as for all creatures that have an unquestionable right to share it with us without being put in danger of extinction by our own irresponsible acts."
Carlos Garcia, Caracas, Venezuela

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"I am deeply sadenned to hear about this tragic event. My deepest condolences to the families and friends of those we have lost."
P. Moore, UK

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"My deepest condolences to my colleagues of WWF Nepal. My prayers are with the families who have suffered this terrible loss."
Analuce Freitas, former WWF Brazil

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"My condolence to you all."
Daniela, Italy

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I just wanted to add my personal condolences to everyone, not only the families of those who died but also to their office colleagues. I have long associations with WWF, dating from the early days of Sir Peter Scott's involvement in its foundation and early progress. Best wishes to all.

Sidney J. Holt, Italy

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"I am so sad to hear about your loss! This accident is a very painful moment in the history of WWF and nature conservation. We are so few who take part in this important work - we therefore have no one to loose. I moan their departure and honour their memory. They gave it all. Nature gives and nature takes it away."
Espen Dahl, Mo i Rana, Norway

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"My condolences to WWF champions."
Sambit, Bangalore, India

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"I'm really really sad for what happened and want to be near to the families that suffered this tragic loss. I'm sure that the marvellous work done will be taken forward in the same way. My condolences."
Riccardo Bellinazzi, Ferrara, Italy

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"Partecipo al dolore delle famiglie dei membri del personale del WWF periti in questa sciagura. Grazie per il loro prezioso lavoro."
Riccardo Fortina, WWF Italia, Università di Torino

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"Con grande commozione partecipo al grande dolore che ha colpito il WWF ma anche tutti noi! Che Nostro Signore li benedica e conforti i loro cari."
Maurizio D'Aleo, Roma, Italia

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"I was informed by email about the tragic accident of our friend working for the protection of the environment and wildlife, and the members of Nepal government. It is a sad day and a big loss for humanity and the environment. I would like to present my condolences to their family and to all of us who love and work for the protection of the nature. May God bless you and rest in peace. We will continue the fight. With much love."
Mustapha Hajji, Kingdom of Morocco

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Our deepest condolences to the families of those who perished in the tragic helicpter crash in Nepal, and also to the WWF family, USAID and Nepal who suddenly lost so many talented and dedicated professionals. A terribly tragic event in conservation history, but let us be spurred on to do more as a way of honouring those who perished while undertaking an important mission.

Karen Ross, Wilderness Foundation, South Africa

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"My deepest regards to the families of those who were killed in the tragic helicopter accident. Their losses are not only felt by their near and dear ones but also the entire Connservation Community. May their legacy continue. Their efforts won't go in vain."
Zoheb, Assam, India

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"From Portugal to you all, thank you for your work. Thank you for helping to change the course of this world for the better. I'm sure that you will allways be with us all, in our hearts and actions. Peace."
Gonçalo Anastácio, Cascais, Portugal

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"Please share our condolences with the families and friends of those lost, from all of us at QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment."
Brent Mitchell, QLF, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA

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"I was heartbroken to hear of the untimely deaths of my former WWF colleagues. My condolences and prayers for their families and loved ones."
Hank Cauley, USA

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"Thank you for your dedication, and know that my thoughts are with your family."
Laetitia, Amsterdam, NL

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"I am very sad to hear of the death of individuals who supported conservation which is so important to the world. My whole family joins me in condolence and especially my 14 year old grand-daughter who is taking a 6 weeks course to be able to volunteer in marine conservation."
Frances and Maggi Perlman, Redding, Ct.

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"I am very sad to hear of the loss of these brave, caring and dedicated people."
L Covington

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"I offer my condolence to the family members of all the people who lost their lives in this disaster."
Raj Tota, India

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"My heart goes out to the families, friends and loved ones of my colleagues and friends lost in this tragedy. No words can do justice to the emotions we are feeling."
Paul King, WWF-UK

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"They will not be forgotten, their work will continue!"
Fabio Converio, Rome, Italy

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Today my family is deeply saddend by the loss of life and the loss of Aunty Jill Bowling. You lived to the fullest and died on the worlds roof top. May God take you all to paradise. You will live on in our hearts and dreams. Thank you for sharing your life with us and your work with the world.

Josh, Jessi, Steffi, Sam, Mark, and Kim Bowling, Darwin, Australia

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"My most heartfelt condolences to the victims' families, friends and colleagues, in the hope that they may feel they are not alone in bearing the sorrow of their grave loss."
GMZ, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland

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"Il più sentito cordoglio ai parenti delle vittime della tragedia anche da parte della mia famiglia."
Diletta, Daniele, Asja e Jacopo, Italia

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"My heartfelt condolence to all members who lost their life whilst serving a great cause. May their soul rest in peace and God give their families the strength to continue with preservation of mother earth. My family and I were in Nepal last month, great place on earth."
Nambiar rajeevan, dubai

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"I am sending my condolence to WWF and the families of those that were lost in the helicopter crash."
Yiangos Ktorides, Cyprus

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"Il più sentito cordoglio ai parenti delle vittime della tragedia anche da parte della mia famiglia."
Diletta, Daniele, Asja e Jacopo (Italia)

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"The saddest thing. Thank you for all your great work. My condolences go out to everyone who lost a loved-one in this crash."
Else, the Netherlands

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"I am very touched by this loss to WWF, the country and the whole world. My mother who works at WWF-Switzerland was a friend of some of the people who died in this incident, and I feel her pain. I wish all who were deeply affected by their deaths, my sincere condolences."
David, Switzerland


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"Your spirits live on in the wonderful work you did, the attention you gave to conservation, and your selfless dedication to a cause much greater than the sum of your love for our Earth and its voiceless inhabitants. Travel well on your next journey and know that you are loved, missed, honored."
Anon., citizen of Planet Earth

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"Broken heart and falling tears are what I try to retain, as these losses are dramatic first for their families and friends and their colleagues of conservation world. I knew Jill and cannot believe she isn't here anymore. I'll remember her as a great enthusiastic and efficient colleague, as well as a very understanding person to whom it was great sharing worries for she was so friendly. I miss you already Jill."
Anon., Switzerland

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"Very saddened to hear of the loss of so many WWF staff, these people work tirelessly for the inhabitants of earth to provide a better future for us all, they and their families will be remembered in my prayers. I hope WWF continues the good work."
Elizabeth M. Fields, Dublin, Ireland

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"My deepest condolences to the colleagues, families and friends of the deceased. It's a tragedy."
Magaly, France

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Although this is a tragic loss, the amazing work that these people have done will never, ever be lost. New workers will light their candle from the bright trail that these precious souls have left behind. Thank you Lord for them, bless them forever and strengthen their families at this time - I pray that you will find people to continue the great work they have started.

Cheryl Gatward, Spain

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