Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Waikato scholars set off in the footsteps of Hillary


February 4, 2013

University of Waikato scholars set off in the footsteps of Hillary

A team of University of Waikato Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars and supporters land in Nepal next week to follow in the footsteps of Sir Ed.

The team consists of Inaugural Step Higher Award recipients Caitlin Easter, Alex Hitchmough, Josh Blue, and fellow Hillary scholars Shannon O’Donnell and Sami Flay.

The Step Higher Award is sponsored by the Compass Group, a supplier on campus for a range of hospitality services, and covers each Scholar's travel, accommodation and a daily allowance for up to three weeks.

The team arrive in Kathmandu on 12 February and will spend 17 days trekking through Khumbu Valley, stopping at Lukla-Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Pangboche, and Thyangboche before returning to Kathmandu.

While in Nepal they will visit schools, hospitals, and see the work being undertaken by the Himalayan Trust.

Hillary scholar Sami Flay says she is looking forward to broadening her horizons and seeing a different way of life.

“I’m really looking forward to the trip. As a new Hillary Scholar you get a copy of Sir Ed’s book and you read about these places that we’re going to visit - it’s going to be great to see Nepal and what he has done over there through my own eyes.”

Team leader Nicola Clayden, who manages the Hillary Programme at the University of Waikato, says the trip will be incredibly valuable for the Hillary Scholars, and is a good chance to give back to the Himalayan Trust.

“All of the award recipients had to raise $1000 - it’s been up to them how they’ve done it - and the money goes to the Himalayan Trust.

“In Sir Ed’s will he said ‘If some people in New Zealand feel I have made some contribution to the prestige of my country then they could best demonstrate this by continuing modest support to the Himalayan people’ and that’s what we hope to do.”

Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarships are the University of Waikato’s most prestigious scholarships for students who are high academic achievers who are also achieving in the arts or sport and display leadership qualities. It was created to mirror the values of Sir Edmund Hillary.
The team will be blogging about their experience at http://www.waikato.ac.nz/news-events/2013-step-higher/.



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: NZ Praised For Sportsmanship After Cricket World Cup Final Loss

New Zealand may have been outplayed in the Cricket World Cup final by Australia, but received praise worldwide for their graciousness in defeat. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Werewolf: Finding Love In Hell

Will it really be 25 years in May since David Lynch’s Wild at Heart won big at Cannes, nabbing no less than the Palme d’Or? Amazing but true, and yet the film that was briefly Lynch’s most feted, now seems to be his most forgotten. More>>

ALSO:

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news