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Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche

April 21, 2014. For immediate release

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

END

Sir Edmund Hillary founded and led the Himalayan Trust from 1960 until his death in 2008. The Trust continues Ed’s work with the peoples of the Nepal Himalaya to realise their educational, health, economic and cultural aspirations.

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