Raising funds for Nepal

Team take on two great walks in 24 hours

Team take on two great walks in 24 hours 

A team of 11 Kiwis has succeeded in tackling the Routeburn and Caples tracks in just 21 hours – usually a five-day hike – to raise funds for Nepal. And so far they’ve raised an incredible $22,000!

Aucklanders Ken Brophy and Mark Macky were the driving force behind the challenge and have been raising funds for the Himalayan Trust for over 10 years.

“It all started at a barbecue just after Sir Ed’s passing in 2008. We got chatting over a few beers thinking about ways we could honour the late Sir Ed,” said Brophy.

“Sir Ed said that when his time came he didn’t want people building monuments, rather he wanted them to help continue his work in the Everest region of Nepal. So that’s what we’re doing.”

The team have smashed their target to raise $20,000 with this challenge, taking their grand total to over $65,000 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the ascent of Mt Everest, which falls on May 29 this year.

“We want to celebrate the historic ascent, which also marked the beginning of Sir Ed’s work building schools and hospitals in the Everest region of Nepal.”

All the funds raised will help bring quality education and better healthcare to communities in the Everest region of Nepal, and helping communities rebuild following the devastating 2015 earthquakes.

“Mark and I were lucky enough to go trekking in Nepal last year and we saw first-hand the work being done by the Himalayan Trust,” said Ken. “We visited some of the 150 seismic-strengthened classrooms that have been built at 36 schools, including some of the first schools built by Sir Ed.”

“We’re planning to take on another challenge next year to take our overall fundraising total to $100,000 to mark Sir Ed’s centenary on July 20, 2019.”

You can support their effort at https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/two-great-walks-in-24-hours