After the devastating 2015 earthquakes, students and staff at Fordell School in Wanganui really wanted to do something to help the people of Nepal.
They decided to walk 8848m – the height of Mt Everest – to raise funds for the Himalayan Trust’s Earthquake Rebuild Appeal. The whole school, from 5-year old new entrants to Yr 8 students, as well as teachers and many parents, spent a day walking almost 9km through central Wanganui. They raised over $2,800!
“It was hard work for some of the children walking 8848m – especially some of the 5 year olds – but we all wanted to help”.
Fordell School’s inspiring effort helped build emergency homes for families who lost everything and helped provide temporary classrooms for 6,000 children immediately after the earthquake. With their support, the Himalayan Trust has now rebuilt 150 seismic-resistant classrooms at 36 schools in the Everest region, providing a safe learning environment for generations to come. Thank you Fordell!