Funds raised to continue work of Sir Ed

  • 29/05/2016
Funds raised to continue work of Sir Ed

The charitable trust founded by New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary is highlighting events on the anniversary of his ascent of Mount Everest to raise money to rebuild earthquake-damaged Nepal.

On May 29, 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

On May 29, 2016, Aucklander Melissa Fey will tackle the 2016 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon from Everest base camp, and ultra-runner Jamie MacKenzie from Scotland will attempt to beat the world record for running the 320km Everest Mail Run from the base camp to Kathmandu.

Both are taking on the challenges to fundraise for Himalayan Trust New Zealand so it can continue its response to the earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015. Almost 9000 people were killed in the earthquakes.

The trust's earthquake rebuild programme, now in progress, will help the construction of 120 classrooms, teachers' quarters, student hostels and toilet blocks at 30 schools, including some of first schools built by Sir Edmund.

"We are in awe of the incredible challenges that Melissa and Jamie are undertaking, and we are deeply appreciative of their generosity and support for the Himalayan Trust," says trust general manager Prue Smith.

Givealittle pages have been set up for the challenges the two runners are taking on.