The late Sir Edmund Hillary* KG ONZ KBE requested
"Help me help the Sherpas"
* Photo of the late Sir Edmund Hillary by Pat and Rosemarie Keough
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
W.F. (Zeke) O'Connor
ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karen O'Connor, President
Robin D. Walker, Secretary
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa,
(Senior Medical Officer)
Kevin Leung, Treasurer
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
Dr. Joan Ford
Peter W. Webster
C. Richard Sharpe
Dr. Robert Zimmerman
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa
Phurba S. Sherpa
Robin D. Walker
MASCOT OF THE FOUNDATION
Earthquake Rebuild Update
Click here for information regarding the earthquakes in Nepal.
First and most of all, we want to thank everyone for your generous donations to the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation’s Nepal Earthquake Rebuild Fund. We have been continuously working with our people on the ground in Nepal to assess the damage and determine the work that is required. We have also engaged the resources of structural engineers and builders to determine the safety aspects of those buildings that have been severely affected and to analyze the amount of work and the cost required to rebuild or renovate. While some projects have been approved to move forward, the demand on workers in the High Himalayas as in most areas of Nepal is stretched to the maximum; this coupled with the Monsoon Season is causing the process to move at a slower pace than originally anticipated. Many families, including our own Dr. Kami’s family, are back into parts of their living quarters while the clean-up continues. Some others are also still sleeping in tents.
At The Kunde Hospital temporary tent shelters were set up immediately following the earthquakes to allow for continuation of needed health care for patients, health care workers and some residents of Kunde. The same can be said of many families and their homes in small villages throughout the mountain areas. We have been receiving updates from Nepal along with detailed estimates of damages inflicted on many of the projects supported by The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation for many years. We can assure you that every dollar that you have so generously donated will go to support these projects and a few others too! We will continue to monitor the progress of the engineers and builders and once we have all the pertinent information we will act and again update everyone who donated through our Website and Newsletters. A further important happening is that our President, Karen O’Connor, along with another Director of the Foundation, Nima Sherpa, will go to Nepal in a few weeks to work with the local committees as we endeavor to Help the Sherpas in every way we can!!
We sincerely thank you and appreciate your continued support and patience.
Everest Area and Kunde Hospital Anniversary Trek 2016
supporting your cause
After a friendship of several years with Sir Edmund Hillary,accompanying him on trips within Canada and the U.S.A., Mr. W.F. (Zeke) O’Connor was honoured in being invited as the Canadianrepresentative on an expedition to the Mount Everest Base Campin 1973, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the successfulascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.Mr. O’Connor and now Karen O’Connor the current president haverevisited Nepal each year since his first visit in 1973 to the present.Karen O’Connor and a number of the Foundation Directors return toCanada each year with a deeper understanding of the many needsof the Sherpa people and a determination to further the effortsof seeking financial aid for the worthy projects underway in themountain regions of Nepal. Emphasis is on involvement of the localcommunity. As a result of this groundwork, the totally Canadian TheSir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) began in 1974‑75 and receivedits charter on October 1, 1976, and is registered as a charitableinstitution.Read more about the foundation atwww.thesiredmundhillaryfoundation.ca
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Did You Know...
Grade 7 student, Brendan Kaye, from Massachusetts is raising funds to go to Nepal... Click here to read more.
Mountain Villages destroyed by earthquake - Click here to read more from National Geographic.
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That Bob Kolbuc, Associate Executive Director received the President's Award at our Toronto Gala Dinner. Click here to view the award.
A Book Review for "Journey With The Sherpas" by the Notre Dame Magazine. Click here to read the review.