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Himalayan Trust marks Hillary’s centenary in Hawea

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 08 Aug, 2019 | By Abby Costen newdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

On August 1, NZ Himalayan Trust, which is a non-profit humanitarian organisation that aims to improve education and health in Nepal's Everest region, paid tribute to founder Sir Edmund Hillary's on-going legacy with an evening event at Sailz Restaurant in Hawea. 

One of the first people to climb Everest, mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist Sir Ed devoted most of his life to helping create opportunities and reduce poverty for people in Nepal through the Himalayan Trust — building schools, hospitals, health clinics and more. 

Last Thursday's event consisted of welcome drinks, a gala dinner, talks, guest presentations and a book signing. 

Wanaka-based Board Member Bruce Jefferies said, “As we celebrate the Sir Edmund Hillary's centenary year, Nepal remains a country with significant challenges. To Sir Ed, his greatest achievement was not climbing to the summit of Everest but helping the people of Nepal. The Himalayan Trust and our supporters are celebrating Sir Ed's centenary by raising funds for the people of Nepal — just as Sir Ed would have wanted”.

In the future, one of the key focuses of Himalayan Trust will be to enhance how literacy skills are taught in early years. 

General Manager John Loof said, “We can provide story books and literacy materials, as well as furniture and carpets to make reading corners in every class. We can also help teachers receive regular, ongoing coaching in the classroom to help them teach reading and writing more effectively and to help them develop nurturing and inspiring classroom environments so children can learn and thrive.”

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