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Inglis' Climb Benefits Charity

Inglis' Climb Benefits Charity

Mark Inglis’ successful climb of Mount Everest has again benefited the Cambodia Trust of New Zealand.

At the Trust’s annual dinner last week, Mark’s daughter Lucy presented the Trust with a cheque for $18,240 on behalf of Marlborough winemakers Cellier Le Brun. Mark is their chief winemaker.

To celebrate Mark’s ascent of Mount Everest, Cellier Le Brun released a premium aged vintage methode traditionnelle wine, aptly named Summit 8850. To support Mark’s passion to make a difference in the world, Cellier Le Brun donated ten dollars from each bottle sold, to the Cambodia Trust and its Kompong Chh’nang Rehabilitation Centre.

Cellier Le Brun general manager Neville Marr, said he was delighted with the project. “It met both of its objectives; it was our way of saying congratulations to Mark and it has allowed Mark to further his work to support those less fortunate via the Cambodia Trust.”

Spokesperson for the Cambodia Trust Shona Macaskill, said that the dinner was a huge success topped off by the presentation of the cheque. “Mark has been generous to the Trust for many years. We are very grateful for everything he does for us.”

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Mark’s involvement with the trust began when he was invited to Cambodia to speak at the Graduation ceremony of the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics run by the Cambodia Trust in Phnom Penh. This school, run entirely on donations, was set up to train Prosthetists and Orthotists to work with the 40,000 landmine victims in Cambodia. Mark spent time working with the staff and students at the school and proved an inspirational role model who not only wore prosthetics but was also adept at designing and making them.

Mark stayed on after graduation at his own expense to visit the Rehabilitation Centres run by the Trust. He was struck by the work that they were doing and the fragile nature of their ongoing funding. He came back to New Zealand determined to support this work.

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