Speaker evening in Wanaka

Speaker evening in Wanaka

The Himalayan Trust, Mount Aspiring College students and Adventure Consultants are holding a speaker evening in Wanaka to celebrate the success of the earthquake rebuild programme in Nepal and Sir Ed Hillary’s ongoing legacy in the Everest region of Nepal. 

The event is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, November 6 2018 at St John’s Rooms, 4 Link Way, Wanaka.

Dr Mingma Norbu Sherpa, CEO for the Himalayan Trust Nepal, will provide an update on Nepal’s ongoing recovery from the devastating 2015 earthquakes, as well as the latest on the Himalayan Trust’s $1.5 million reconstruction programme. The reconstruction programme, funded with the help of the New Zealand public, has built 150 earthquake-strengthened classrooms in the Everest region to replace those destroyed in the earthquakes.

Also speaking on the night will be Wanaka locals Bruce and Marg Jefferies. In the 1970s, Nepal enlisted New Zealand’s help to set up the Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas. Bruce Jefferies, at the time a ranger with New Zealand’s National Park Service, set off for Nepal to help. Bruce will talk about Sir Ed Hillary’s vision for a national park in the Everest region and New Zealand’s role in helping establish the Sagarmatha National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses 1,148km2 of land in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal.

Marg Jefferies will talk about her experience living in remote Nepal in the 1970s with Bruce and their three children. Despite hardships such as no running water or electricity and being largely cut off from the outside world, the family embraced life amongst the hospitable Sherpa people.

There will also be a presentation by Mount Aspiring College students about their upcoming trek to Sagarmatha National Park and their involvement with a community project in Nepal.

Board member Keri Barrett will provide an update on the Himalayan Trust’s education and literacy work and the Outdoor Appetite fundraiser cookbook.

The speakers will be followed by drinks and nibbles and an opportunity to meet and chat with Himalayan Trust supporters.

Koha donations are welcome with all proceeds going to the Himalayan Trust’s work in Nepal.