Sir Edmund Hillary

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


W.F. (Zeke) O'Connor

Robert Kolbuc

Karen O'Connor, President
Robin D. Walker, Secretary
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa,
(Senior Medical Officer)
Kevin Leung, Treasurer

Dr. Joan Ford
Peter W. Webster
C. Richard Sharpe
Dr. Robert Zimmerman

Phillip Crawley
Francisco Gomez
Piers Handling
Peter Hillary
Paul Hubner
Patti Hull
Kevin Leung
Nima McElhinney
Karen O’Connor
Franco Perugini
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa
Phurba S. Sherpa
Robin D. Walker

Barbara Anderson
Brian Baxter
Michael Benton
Lynn Hurley
Edward Lorriman

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Earthquake Devastates

 We, at The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, express our sincere condolences to those affected by the tragedy that has taken many lives and left others injured and without living accommodation. While our main focus is on Health Care, Education and Environmental efforts in the Solo-Khumbu area of Nepal, the tragedy of Saturday’s earthquake has extended far past the Kathmandu area and requires our immediate attention.

Our own Dr. Kami Temba Sherpa who lives a 3 hour walk from our Kunde Hospital, has himself lost his entire home, (flattened by the quake). He, along with his family are living under tarps while at the same time providing medical assistance to others who have been affected in the high Himalayan villages. The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation along with others will be helping to raise funds to directly send over for the ongoing efforts to rebuild the areas affected by this terrible event. Help us help the Sherpas. Please give now by clicking the Canada Helps Button and indicate your contribution to the Nepal Earthquake Rebuild Fund. Or contact our office at 416-941-3475 to donate.

The Canadian Government is matching all donations made to Registered Charities in response to the Earthquake in Nepal from April 25 to May 25, 2015. 

2015 Nepal Earthquake - Kunde Damage - Outside Walls
Kunde Damage - Outside Walls
2015 Nepal Earthquake - Kunde Earthquake damage inside Hospital
Kunde Earthquake damage inside Hospital
2015 Nepal Earthquake - Kunde Side Wall Collapsed
Kunde Side Wall Collapsed
2015 Nepal Earthquake - Patients being treated at Thami Clinic after Earthquake
Patients being treated at Thami Clinic after Earthquake
2015 Nepal Earthquake - Village of Thami after Earthquake
Village of Thami after Earthquake

The Kunde Hospital

For almost 40 years, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) has funded and monitored the operation of the Kunde Hospital and appointed eight teams of doctors and each year has visited the Hospital.

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This year, the Foundation’s office has been busy planning both the Toronto Gala as well as the Calgary Gala. Since the decision to realign the Calgary dinner, Zeke, Bob Kolbuc and Martine Quin worked overtime looking for volunteers in Calgary to help out.

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New Secondary School

The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of West Calgary and the Local NGO has helped build "The Zeke O'Connor High School" in the village of Phaplu.

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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


Your Huma Challenge

Thank you for your interest in our Sir Edmund Hillary FoundationEverest Challenge. Huma Charity Challenge is a division of theworldwide adventure travel company World Expeditions. When joininga Huma Charity Challenge you embark on a remarkable journey todiscover your inner philanthropist as you raise money for a Charitythat is important to you. At the same time you take on the challengeof fundraising and partake in an adventure to discover new worlds,new landscapes and new cultures ... perhaps you’ll even discoverhow far your personal boundaries stretch as you take on a physicalchallenge like a cycling, trekking or a mountaineering adventure. Weare passionate about off‑the‑beaten track travel experiences as theyprovide travellers with the thrill of coming face to face with untouchedcultures as well as wilderness regions of great natural beauty. Ouritineraries are well researched, affordable and tailored for the enjoyment of small groups. Our itineraries provide the very best travel experience,designed by people with vast local knowledge who share our visionof authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible travelapproach at the core.


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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.



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We have updated information for the Zeke O'Connor High School.