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Last month, eight climbers including Wildland Adventures’ staff and friends reached the 14,416’ summit of Mount Rainier and dramatically culminated a fundraising effort that netted $10,000 to bring a brighter future to hundreds of Nepali school children.
Far exceeding their original goal of $5,000, the Wildland fundraising team was able to raise enough money to bring solar power – including panels and lighting – to five schools in rural Nepali villages, as well as build a Montessori annex on a new school being built near the epicenter of last year’s devastating earthquake in Singla. The funds will bring a brighter future to students who’ve been attending school in the dark – or without a school at all – since last year’s devastating earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people and left more than a million structures destroyed. The funds will be distributed through 3 Summits for Nepal, based in Kathmandu.
In early July, Wildland Adventures hosted a Nepal Night event that raised more than half the funds. Held at Seattle’s Himalayan Sherpa House, a local Nepali restaurant owned by Ang Sherpa, a veteran of Everest, the event drew people from all over Puget Sound interested in supporting the local outreach effort to Nepal. Dozens of generous local businesses contributed items to the silent auction that made Nepal Night a tremendous success. Online outreach to friends and industry associates to support the “Climb for Nepal” brought the fundraising total to just over $10,000.
“Though last year’s devastating earthquake in Nepal has drifted out of the headlines, there remains millions of people without proper homes, and thousands more yet without properly functioning schools to attend,” says Kurt Kutay, Wildland co-founder and President. “I’m proud of our ambitious climbing team for embarking on this adventure to raise desperately needed money for our brothers and sisters struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. It’s that spirit and commitment to making the world a better place that fuels all of our adventures.”
Since 1986 Wildland Adventures has been committed to strengthening links between environmentally concerned travelers and grassroots conservation and community groups through their Travelers Conservation Trust. With the help of Wildland travelers, every year the company supports worthy organizations in the countries to which they travel.
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