Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche

April 20, 2014. For immediate release

Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche

The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal.

Latest reports are that 16 Nepali climbers have died in an avalanche that struck around 06:45 local time (01:00 GMT) on Friday (April 18, 2014) in an area known as "popcorn field", just above Everest base camp at 5,800m.

The members of the Himalayan Trust, like many around the world, are devastated and appalled by the news. The incident is the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain. Three seriously injured climbers have been rescued from the mountain and are receiving medical treatment in Kathmandu.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the climbers,” said Mike Gill, Chair of the Himalayan Trust and currently in Nepal. “Many of the climbers are from the upper Khumbu area, where we focus our development aid.

“The tragedy is a reminder that while Everest has increased in popularity and accessibility over the last 60 years, Nepalis have continued to bear much of the risk involved in summiting.

“The Trust continues to provide educational opportunities for the people of Nepal Himalayas – as a step out of poverty and a path towards a safer more secure livelihood than that offered by guiding and portering in the treacherous mountains.”

The Himalayan Trust has launched a fundraising appeal to help the families impacted by this tragedy. Funds raised will provide education scholarships to the children covering educational and living expenses – ensuring they have a guaranteed schooling despite the loss of their fathers’ livelihoods .

The Himalayan Trust is welcoming donations to our Everest Avalanche Appeal. Please donate now: https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/AvalancheAppeal2014

A planned Gala Dinner at the Auckland Museum and functions in Christchurch and Nelson – all in May - will apportion funds raised to the appeal. Details available at www.himalayantrust.co.nz

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news