A team of 15 Kiwis are challenging themselves to walk 100kms in 24 hours to mark 100 years since the birth of Sir Edmund Hillary. They’re aiming to raise $100,000 for the Himalayan Trust’s work in Nepal.
Ken Brophy and Mark Macky are the driving force behind the challenge and have been raising funds to help remote communities in Nepal for over 10 years.
“2019 would have marked Sir Edmund Hillary’s 100th birthday and we are doing something serious to respectfully befit the occasion and man,” says Ken.
“Sir Ed said that when his time came he didn’t want people building monuments, rather he wanted them to help continue his work to improve health and education in the Everest region of Nepal. So that’s what we’re doing.
“At the end of February our team is going to walk the Heaphy Track, twice – well the first 50kms up and over the Kahurangi mountain range, and then we’ll turn around and walk back. That’s usually about five days of hiking – but we’re aiming to do it all in 24 hours.”
Ken and Mark have organised and completed a series of fundraising challenges to help the people of Nepal. So far, they have raised over $67,000.
This year, to mark Sir Ed’s centenary year, they want to take their grand fundraising total to $100,000.
“Over the years we have pushed ourselves to the limit to complete a number of challenges to raise money for the Himalayan Trust. All the challenges have focused on being in the beautiful mountains and forests of New Zealand that Sir Ed loved so much,” says Ken.
All the funds raised will help bring quality education and better healthcare to communities in the Everest region of Nepal, and help communities rebuild following the devastating 2015 earthquakes.
“Mark and I were lucky enough to go trekking in Nepal and see first-hand the work being done by the Himalayan Trust on education and health,” says Ken. “We want to celebrate this historic centenary and help continue Sir Ed’s incredible legacy in Nepal.”
The team of 15 will be taking on their challenge to walk 100km along the Heaphy Track on 22 and 23 February.
You can support their effort at https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/100kms-for-100k-for-100years