Storm After The Calm…

It’s been hard for me to reconcile my return home from Everest, having just taken on arguably the biggest challenge I’ve ever had to face. I had travelled to a country I’ve never been to before (and did it on my own!) and had competed in an event not only for personal achievement, but more importantly to set an example for, and inspire those around me. From a personal perspective, I felt that I needed to prove to myself that I was capable of doing anything through hard work and perseverance. What I didn’t realise was that achieving this momentous goal meant that I then had to face the prospect of everyday life when I returned home – and that was when it felt like a storm began.

Prayer Flags from Nepal. Having a piece of the beauty with me always!

Prayer Flags from Nepal. Having a piece of the beauty with me always!

It’s been 6 months since my adventure to compete in the Everest Marathon. As the days and months pass the journey certainly lives on in my heart. The beautiful country & people of Nepal is something I cannot wait to go back to and experience again. In many ways it feels as though having seen and felt the things I’ve seen, I look at life’s challenges through different eyes, comparing the bumps in the road with what I went through to conquer my marathon from the base of the world’s highest mountain. This is the hard part too, as I find myself asking the same question that some of you may be asking… now what!?

If I’m going to be brutally honest, I have really struggled to get consistently back into my disciplined routine. This is the storm I am currently facing. When you see your routine slowly slip away from you you really do begin to do a mental battle with yourself in an attempt to extract that motivation that once sent you to that beautiful mountain! Wouldn’t it be easy if we all had a little re-set button? Having done some reflection on this, I now realise that looking back is one of the things stopping me from moving forward so… what IS next?

Since that realisation I have once again started to look ahead and recently returned to the New Zealand Altitude Training Centre to continue training. Simply talking with Walter Thorburn (who runs the centre) has been a huge inspiration to help me to push on and although he is an expert in all aspects of altitude, event and recovery training – he is also an expert at recognising the need and skills to put yourself first, and to give your body the respect it deserves in order to build back up again. Dare I say it… patience Mel…. patience.

I am truly grateful that I have so many wonderful friends from the Everest Marathon adventure. Friends that I will always cherish and look forward to one day meeting again. I’m so lucky that I was able to have shared my personal achievements with graduates and current students of the college I teach for, as well as with the wonderful students of Sommerville Intermediate. I am also deeply honoured to be a special guest speaker and presenter of awards for Manurewa High School. The inspiration I am able to give our future adventurists and athletes in turn becomes my personal motivator to continue – and so the cycle continues.

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela

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The Adventure Starts Now

It’s so difficult to believe that almost two weeks ago I returned home from a trip I had planned for over 3 years.  I’m so taken back by the wonderful words of support and acts of kindness upon my return from a trip that I can truly say has helped me grow in such a positive way that words cannot possibly explain.

Words do not seem enough to express the experience that I and my new friends had the incredible opportunity to share with one another.  Such a rich and filling adventure that would test every mental and physical bone in my body.

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The team at the Hotel Shanker ready to depart to Lukla – 16/05/2016

One of the most heart warming things I had the opportunity to do was to deliver money to 10 widows.  I met these women in person and witnessed a moment for them that would mean survival.

Too often do we take for granted the life we have.  I raised over $2000 in the last two years for Sherpa Widows and this increased in the days leading up to meeting each amazing women thanks to the generosity of the Everest Marathon team, including the Porters, Sherpa’s and Employees from Himalayan Expeditions. I was able to see the love they still had for life, the need to carry on even through times that were truly challenging.  I received blessings and even enjoyed a cup of tea in their home.  A home that was so neatly presented and filled with love even though it did not have a strong roof to support it.  I was offered biscuits even though that food would be difficult to buy.  I see through the eyes of Sir Edmund Hillary in these moments and understand fully why he devoted his time to secure the Nepalese future.  I’ve never met such a grateful group of people.

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I had the wonderful opportunity to meet people I call my friends and even family that were from all over the world.  All different abilities and backgrounds.  This was the first marathon some have ever participated in.  It was also an opportunity for so many to raise awareness and money for so many great and needy causes.  It was an honour to hear each story and reason behind their own personal endeavour and find myself truly inspired from being surrounded by each and every member of the team.  I was proud to run this Marathon to raise $3477 for the Himalayan Trust.

We had stayed in many tea houses along our trek through the Kumbu Valley, each feeling like home because of the incredible Nepalese hospitality.  Never underestimate the person running one of these tea houses.  One in particular had actually summited Everest 4 times!  I felt that I was staying with a true legend but to them it is just a job.

My late Grandmother had given me advice once that will always stay with me.  “Melissa, never forget to look up”.  I can truly say that my Nan Fey was so very right.  When you are in the moment and have the opportunity to experience something wonderful – never forget to ‘look up’ or be in the moment.  I did this throughout my trek to Base Camp and really felt the raw energy of such an incredible place at 4:30am on the morning of the race day when a rather large avalanche made it’s way down one of the large slopes we were surrounded by.

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A moment of reflection at Base Camp. Race morning at 5am – 29/05/2016

Base Camp is where we spent our last two nights prior to the Marathon.  I can say that this is an experience I will always remember and have a new appreciation for climbers who wish to summit Everest.  They spend two months here preparing for something that is quite possibly one of the hardest things to achieve.  What an amazing place!  9 avalanches fell in the two days we spent here.  It really puts everything in perspective and mother nature is truly in charge there.

As the countdown began we set off on our Everest Marathon. I have never felt more exhausted before competing in a marathon.  This made this challenge the best mental test.  At this point I could not help but think of the wonderful people who had this opportunity removed from them due to the effect of the environment and altitude.  This is where the adventure and marathon really puts you to the test because of the effects of altitude the body rarely is used to.  Just getting to base camp with full health becomes the priority and very quickly we realised the marathon up until the starting point takes the back seat.

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Ready to start this race!

 

I could not control my emotions just 2 km from the finish line.  This is the moment I had been waiting for, for three years.  I had officially ‘knocked the bastard off’.  This is the time I say, with hard work, determination and the support from so many of my loved one’s I had succeeded in running the Everest Marathon.  After 9 hours and 56min I reflect on the words of my grandmother.  I finished this marathon and ‘looked up’, I looked at everyone celebrating and cheering.

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Melissa Fey after 9 hours 56 mins has completed the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon – 29/05/2016

We made it, we did what we set out to do, regardless how long it took us.  Some made it in as night fell after over 15 long hours.  We will not just leave with a certificate and medal but an appreciation for what we have and who we have.  I’ve been asked the question ‘what’s next?’.  Well the answer is living!  I want to live my life full and continue to influence and hopefully inspire those who I meet along the way.  I’ve put the pressure on and I’ve made diamonds.

 

In those wise words of my Nan Fey, never forget to look up.  Be present in the moment. Don’t let life pass you by without filling it with adventure.  The adventure actually starts here for me.  Just like you I am creating a story of the life of Mel.  I choose to make it a good one.

Life on the Kumbu Trail

One week today I’ve been in Nepal and the amount I have already seen and experienced is incredible.

The amount of respect I had for the people has always been strong but truly being here is life changing. Putting everything into perspective.

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Having a soldier with our lovely guides

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Proud New Zealander Melissa Fey

As I write this I’m in my room and down stairs I hear chanting from the people who live here. I’m so honored to be welcomed by the people of Nepal and they do the best at a warm welcome.

I’m happy with how my body has responded and will continue to invest in it. Hopefully it will respond well to the increase of altitude ahead of me. I’m getting very good at going on the inside of the Yak.

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Yak in Khumjung Village

I have had an amazing opportunity to see what Sir Edmund Hillary has done for the people of Nepal. By being here it has really not been a surprise to why he  has done such things. What an amazing man. What a privilege it is to be a New Zealander.

From Namche to Khumjung Village and  next stop Thyangboche. Just another day closer to being able to deliver the money raised to Sherpa Widows. Another day closer to one of the hardest events I may ever participate in. But for now I’m enjoying the people, culture and scenery and of course the way this trip is making me see the way I live my life.

Above & Beyond

I arrived in Kathmandu on Friday 13th May. As my senses completely overloaded I couldn’t help but get to my room at the Hotel Tibet and just sit still. The realisation that I had made it and finally started the journey I had been planning for 3 years.

I felt a little lonely and tearful with such a big event hanging over my head. I have to admit life was made more comfortable with the glory of WiFi. Skyping my wonderful partner Ceri had eased the nerves. Being in a place you have never been before in a world so different from your own takes its toll. I had to get up and carry on so took myself off to test out this new place. The Everest Lager sure helped too.

The best thing I could have done was trust my independence and explore the surroundings.  I came across the first lovely group of Nepalese people whilst exchanging my money and soon enough found myself having a cup of Masala tea. We spoke little amounts due to limited English. I showed them photos of my girls.  They loved it and so did I.  I felt one of the Nepali family already.

The nerves began all over again with the new hotel and sharing my room with someone I was yet to meet. Who am I going to be doing this event with? What will they think when they see me? Im not exactly an athlete. I was prepared for any questions about my ability for the Everest Marathon and the answer would be “I’m here to experience Nepal, the culture, the people and to simply complete the run the best I can”.  Little did I know I was surrounded by the same people everywhere. A relief and the excitement trebbled.  Everyone’s motto – “Slow and steady wins the race”.

Next step was to meet my roomie.   We had managed to miss each other throughout the day but finally settled  the last bit of nerves at ease when I met the wonderful Jane from America.  A wonderful being who I’m so glad to be sharing this journey with.

With that all done and the nerves and worry now gone I was left inspired by the best little story from my latest book purchase ‘Reflections of Everest’. An amazing little read about some of the incredible people who have taken on the climb and their reason and messages to others. This particular one has helped me even more to build the mental foundation I will need so much so during my run on the 29th May.

Luis Benitez who summited Everest on the 25th May 2001 said.
“I started dreaming of Everest as a child when my asthma and allergies were so terrible that I had to fight to breathe at sea level.
When I first went to Everest, it was with a blind man who wanted to tell the world the same things that I believed in: that there are no boundaries except the self-imposed ones, and that the mind can push the body beyond what it thought was possible.  As we walked arm in arm to the roof of the world,  I realised that one must inspire the next generation always to push beyond those limiting boundaries.”

This trip has been the best thing as I’ve had to be very Independent as I’ve spent the last 3 days on my own. I enjoy my own company and its made me feel confident. I recommend anyone to do such a thing because doing this has made me feel even more confident in myself.

With that in mind, nothing else matters now. What will be will be and I feel that my mental strength outweighs my physical ability. I will succeed in acheiving the worlds highest marathon with 80 other foreigners and will come home to share the story. I too want to inspire just like Luis and his fellow climbing partner.

 

Bags packed and ready to go!

Passport – Check, Tickets – Check! Bags packed and ready to go!

After 3 years I can finally say I will be able to start my adventure that will make unforgettable memories.  The last few months leading up to my departure, which will be Thursday 12th May, has flown by.  I’ve had injuries to manage and overcome.  Increased training schedule and not to mention recently the very important task of supporting my two little girls for mummy’s time away.

Most recently I’ve been receiving wonderful emails, texts and phone calls from the amazing people in my life making me feel overwhelmed with gratitude.  They truly write that I’ve inspired them but the truth is that they are the one’s who inspire me!

Recently my colleagues at the International Travel College have put on a morning tea in the celebration of the journey I’m about to partake in.  I feel so blessed to work with such awesome people.  Everyone dressed up in their winter gear and ice-cream treats, marshmellow puffs and yummy savories were a perfect send off.

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My lovely colleagues. (Left) Lesley and (Right) Claire Huxley

I’ve been very spoilt by the incredibly thoughtful gifts presented to me by my Manager Claire Huxley.   Alot of time and effort has been put towards these, some creating extra comfort for my long journey ahead and others to provide me with a long term memory of my adventure.  Thank you my friend.

I’ve spent the last 3 years focussing my efforts on the wonderful work that the Himalayan Trust have set out to achieve and with my Givealittle page I have had the opportunity to run a dinner fundraiser raising over $2800.  If you would like to make a contribution in the support of the incredible work they are doing please click on the following link:  http://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/everestmarathonrebuild.  This page will close the day after I run the Everest Marathon.

Many people have asked how they can donate to add to the money I will be hand delivering to the Widows that live near Pangboche.  You can do this now by transferring straight to the account I’ve set up.  Any money must be in this account no later than Thursday 12th May.

Account Details:(BNZ Bank) Pangboche Widows – 02-0191-0314597-000

The best ways to follow the journey of the Everest Marathon is to “like” their Facebook page.  Click the following link:  https://www.facebook.com/everestmarathon/?fref=ts

To follow my journey simply follow this blog and I will do my best to update.  When available, photo’s will be shared on my Facebook page Motivation Endurance Learning.  Simply “like” the page for notifications of updates.

Thank you to everyone who have contributed to this journey in the last 3 years especially my wonderful partner Ceri and the kids.  Without their constant support, achieving this would have been so very difficult.  I look forward to telling the story and sharing each moment with you all.

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Aria’s (7 years) latest note to mummy: “To Mum, you are the best mum ever. Congratulations mum. I hope you have a good time at Mt Everest”.

Confessions

I will start this blog with a confession.  This is the fourth attempt at starting to write this blog and I had deleted a few lines prior to this one.  I guess the main reason is this, how on earth do you sum up all the sweat, tears, commitment, dedication, fails, injuries, km’s and the desire to complete a life changing event all in one blog!

The easy answer to this is….You simply cannot!  In fact you never know how you may be feeling on the day, when you have the chance to write this blog. when you feel so passionate about something and you want to communicate it in the best possible way, to get your message across is not always easy. So I’ve decided on the following; spill the beans, be honest and push publish!

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Manukau Courier

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by my local newspaper, the Manukau Courier.  They wanted to interview me for a series of three articles.  I had hoped that the story I wanted to tell in the build up to running the Everest Marathon would not go untold.  I’ve been touched by readers response to this carefully written article by Chris Harrowell.  Confession – I wish I had breathed in a little for my photo.

3 weeks today and I will be on a plane heading to Kathmandu to start an adventure of a life time.  It feels somewhat surreal to think this is actually happening.  So much goes through your mind.  I confess, It’s become increasingly harder to say goodnight to my two wonderful children Aria and Maia or to my loving partner Ceri.  Each time thinking how much I’m going to miss them.

Of course as the km’s increase so do the risks of injury.  Once again my not so favourite issue with my ITB (Iliotibial Band)started playing up after a 30km run recently meaning a repeat visit to my very talented Physiotherapist, Trevor Montgomery.  He is an expert in Dry Needling – A process that makes you feel like a well used dart board but with epic results!  This time my appointment was so painful I do confess I did tell Trevor the following.  “Ooooouch you are not a nice person!”.  Trevor is a nice person and yes I was in pain.  Sorry for the multiple swear words Trevor I too am a nice person.  Confession again – I didn’t do my previous physio exercises so I asked for that!

Unfortunately I’ve spent a short time feeling unwell with the flu followed by a delightful bug which I had picked up from my sweet daughter.  In fact I’ve had to take multiple breaks even writing this to visit the bathroom!  All of which had put a small dampener on the training but of course didn’t stop me.  I confess that I’ve been told once or twice to slow down and may not have listened.

Training has paid off and all thanks to great coaching and advise from Walter Thorburn from the New Zealand Altitude Training Centre.  I’ve run stronger, increased my endurance and gained great confidence in being able to handle running at altitude.  Confession – He has called me a “freak of nature” and I have to agree.

Last but not least.  I’ve been blown away by all the support, love and encouragement I’ve had from so many people.  It is absolutely the driving force to succeed in what I do and it means the world to me.  So as I pack up, finalise arrangements, run a few more km’s, have a few pre travel nerves, produce a few more tears from the natural stresses in life.  I wanted to say this.  I can’t wait to knock the bastard off!

Photo credit to Chris from the Manukua Courier

Photo credit to Chris from the Manukua Courier

Train with me….

Recently a few of my friends and people I met through training have said how keen they are to join me on my next run or try out Altitude Training.  So I’ve come up with an idea which means anyone with any ability can join me in my training up until the Everest Marathon Event or even for future events I participate in.

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If anyone has been to an event before the social aspect of these days and culture you become a part of is addictive.  With this in mind this can be open to anyone, friends of friends, family and people wanting to challenge themselves.  Most of all create a fun way to train for both you and me.  Everyone needs a Forest Gump team behind them!

First thing I know most of you will be saying is “oh god I’m not fit enough to train with her”, “I have to get fit first”, “I don’t want people to see how un-fit I am”.

Well the short answer is….IT’S FOR ANY ABILITY AND ANY SHAPE!  I have a month set out in advance and if you want to join any of this then it can be done.  I will be setting event dates up on my Facebook page – Motivation Endurance Learning.  Simply click on the ‘More’ tab and then click ‘events’ and away you go! (Click here now to view)

Simply click on an event that you like and join in.  Below are a couple of options that it will include for the month of February:

Ceri riding his way to better health

Ceri riding his way to better health

Altitude Training at the NZ Altitude Training Centre near Panmure Basin.  You don’t have to be an athlete to get benefits from simulated altitude training. Altitude offers all kinds of health benefits, and training can be as easy as sitting still.  This is perfect for all abilities and fitness levels.  Thanks to the owner and operator Walter Thorburn he has given any new client a FREE first session followed by a very special rate for anyone who joins these events – Limited spaces available and bookings essential.

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Tash, Ceri and I after the Hunua Massey, Cossey

Running – There will be a varied amount of km’s that I will be doing over the month which includes shorter 8km, longer 17-21km and varied trail runs.  These date also will be set and locations given on the events set up.  FREE of charge is the benefit of this training.

Swimming – I will have the occasional swimming portion of my training at the Tepid Baths in Auckland CBD.  There is a cost involved with this but you can purchase concession cards which make it cheaper.

So please come and join me on my journey to conquer one of the hardest yet most rewarding events of my life!  I look forward to seeing some of you and having some epic fun and adventure along the way.  Share and share a-like I say too, so spread the news and pass this onto anyone you think may want to join us.

 

Everest Marathon Training Update

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The countdown begins with only 100 days (just under over 14 weeks) until I depart to Kathmandu so a quick update on the training and journey to date.  I’ve managed to climb to the top of the tallest building in the world recently (Burj Khalifa, Dubai) care of the Altitude Training Centre but more about that later.

I’ve kept the legs moving and not for long distances so time to pick up the km’s and get back to the long distance running dragging my (much faster) partner Ceri along for the ride.  17km every other week is the slow increase of distance after a nice relaxed christmas.  Lets just say the usual low sugar and starch diet had a wee holidays too.

With the help of some great advice from my coach Walter Thorburn I will be running a long distance run every other weekend and increasing that distance over time just by small portions.  This has been the best way for me to manage the distance without incurring further injury.

New flights are booked along with accommodation in Kathmandu and now to find some way to save for any additional expenses along the way.  You cannot always have smooth sailing and sometimes life will throw you a few curve balls just to test you.

This all became apparent when my good friend and Manager of the Harvey World Travel shop in Botany called me.  Michelle had to break the news that the very wonderfully priced flight I had booked with China Southern had been cancelled to Kathmandu in May due to fuel shortage.  This truly shows you the devastation continues for the people of Nepal.

Thanks to Michelle’s expertise I secured a new flight with Singapore Airlines but paying an additional $1400.  A small price to pay for a recommended and trust worthy airline.   Not the kind of spare cash one has floating around!  Goodbye spending money and thank you mortgage fund.  Michelle was so amazing and as always make the most of now and not dwell on what could have been.

Onwards and upwards (excuse the pun) to the next big run which I would like to call ‘the Waipu special’.  I knew it was going to be a challenging 18km run on a hot morning but it was worth a go.  The hills appeared and it wasn’t until both Ceri and I completely jinxed ourselves by saying “it must be mostly down hill from here” when we realised we were horribly wrong.  What came next was a gradual climb and with every corner you reached (thinking it’s the top) just continues to another km of hill.

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The “glorious bus shelter”

The temperature increased from the 8am start and it now reaching around 9:30am, it was getting very hot.  Ceri and I were thinking of ice cold beer and the lunatics who run the death valley run.  Always in the back of mind in these moments is – “harden up Mel it’s nothing on the Everest Marathon”.  You must be crazy when cars pass you on their journey with that look of confusion on their face.  “Well that’s commitment!?”.  Ceri started to get goose bumps which was a sure sign of heat stroke.  Lucky the glorious bus shelter appeared which was our 18km stop!  I love that bus shelter.

January had quickly arrived and that 4 week summer break had ended for Altitude Training.  Back off the the Altitude Training Centre.  I was curious to see how the body would react and was pleasantly surprised with how my body was coping with the stress of less oxygen.  Training at roughly 12% oxygen which was an increase of 2% of my usual 10.

The best way to explain that very first time when training with reduced oxygen is that you feel slightly claustrophobic.  You soon get your rhythm and it can quickly change to being rather therapeutic with following a very routined breathing pattern.  It’s always a good idea to have that thought in your mind to get you through the first few mintutes.  The second training session I reduced the oxygen further to roughly 10%.  This is now back to the level I was on before Christmas.

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Having a funny 5 on altitude

In my current 1 hour altitude session I include a 30minute session on the ‘Stair Master’ (the tall contraption and most challenging yet rewarding pieces of equipment i’ve used) climbing enough stairs to reach the top of the tallest building in Dubai (the Burj Khalifa) then 30min running all on 10% oxygen.

I sure missed the feeling of achieving the training but sure to regret saying that when it all increases again as each day passes.  I received my updated race pack from the Everest Marathon organisers just last week.  It’s all feeling very real now and i’m nervously excited.  I’m looking forward to working with the very talented Walter Thorburn and training with my awesome support and partner Ceri with the encouragement of my two gorgeous girls.  Watch this space….

We must not forget about Nepal

I have a love-hate relationship with the news. On one hand it keeps us informed about important issues around the world, but on the other, it moves so quickly – there is always a new story to demand our attention. But even as new disasters appear on our screens, it’s important not to forget about people who still need our help, like those in Nepal.

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One of many classrooms the Himalayan Trust will Rebuild.

As I was destined to run the Everest Marathon in May 2015, Nepal has a very special place in my heart. After the earthquakes hit and the Marathon was cancelled, I decided to compete in 2016 and focus my energy on raising awareness and funds for Nepalese in need.

On September 8th 2015 my partner Ceri Jenkins and I organised our first event: an evening at Everest Dine in Parnell. The evening was a great success – 67 guests dined at this authentic Nepalese restaurant, experiencing award-winning cuisine and impeccable service from the dedicated and exceptional staff.

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The amazing team at Everest Dine

All proceeds from the evening went towards the Himalayan Trust to help with the relief efforts, which began as soon as the earthquakes struck and haven’t stopped since. News reports have uncovered that 8 million people across Nepal have been affected by the April earthquake. Let that sink in a little bit: 8 million people. That’s nearly twice the population of New Zealand.

Over 2.8 million people have had their homes completely destroyed – more than the population of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington combined. This 7.8M earthquake has claimed over 9,000 lives and injured more than 23,000.

With this in mind, the dinner was one of many events so many people around the world have organised to contribute to the relief efforts of numerous non-profit organisations. Everyone who attended our Everest Dine fundraiser did something amazing for the Nepalese people: this one event alone raised more than $2,400. All profits were immediately transferred to the Himalayan Trust via Givealittle just 24 hours after the event.

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Guests all dining to give back to Nepal

Raju, the Managing Director of Everest Dine, supported the fundraising by minimising costs per guest to maximise donations on the evening, with dining raising $1,515. Guests then had the opportunity to bid for donated items which raised an additional $580.

 

Generous donors who could not make it on the night donated an additional $555 through the Givealittle page, which brought the final amount to over $2,650.

This goes to show how the small efforts of many can make such a positive impact – the cost of one dinner will make an important difference to the Nepal rebuild.

Prue Smith from the Himalayan Trust said: “I hugely appreciate the amazing efforts you and Ceri are making to help us with this. The planning process is very intense – and we are working really hard to make every dollar count.”

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Delivering an important message about the Himalayan Trust

Guests who shared this evening with Ceri and I were equally responsible for making the event a huge success and we will be forever grateful we got to meet so many wonderful people.

Tens of thousands of people are still living outdoors in makeshift shelters as the monsoon intensifies. Food shortages have been reported. Relief efforts are being further hampered by on-going rain and flash floods. Roads from China are still impassable due to earthquake damage and protesters blocking roads up from India because of the new constitution being drafted by the government of Nepal. This will slow the rebuild due to a shortage of materials coming in by road.

With all this in mind the suffering is not over. The media has exhausted the Nepal earthquake and recently we would be very lucky to see any updates or reports of the suffering on the 6 o’clock news. I’m hoping events as this will continue to be created in support of organisations such as the Himalayan Trust. Every little bit will continue to help bring peace to this beautiful country.

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Private screening of the movie ‘Everest’.

Save the date: I am hosting another fundraiser next month to raise funds for 9 widows who have lost their husbands or children as a result of them working as Sherpas in Nepal.

If you would like to support this important cause, you are warmly invited to my fundraising screening of the film Everest in Newmarket on Monday 5 October at 6pm.

Everyone who attended the Everest Dine event made a huge difference to the Nepal rebuild, however I would like to formally thank the following organisations for their generous donations and support: Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy, Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari and of course Everest Dine. Your contributions to the auction resulted in hundreds of extra dollars being raised and I cannot thank you enough.