The Himalayan Trust received a $5,000 boost raised by residents at the Ryman Healthcare village named after him.
The residents who took part were inspired by the Summit Challenge, where fundraisers seek sponsorship to climb, bike, run or hike the height of Mt Everest – 8848 metres.
At the village, residents decided to take 8848 steps and for those who couldn’t manage it, they sewed stitches instead.
Village Manager Dean Jackson, who dubbed the effort the ‘Stitch ‘n Step’, said it was an incredible effort by the residents.
One resident, Yvonne McNab, completed a beautiful quilt for raffle while others rallied their neighbours to dig deep into their pockets to sponsor their stepping efforts.
General Manager of the Himalayan Trust, John Loof, joined Lady June Hillary and her grandson Sam to receive the $5,000 cheque.
Addressing the residents, John said: “On behalf of the Himalayan Trust and the communities we work with in Nepal, I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in raising this amount for us. The Himalayan Trust can only continue Sir Edmund Hillary’s incredible legacy thanks to the support of wonderful people like you.”