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With weary legs and aching bones but big toothy grins, we want to say a big thanks to everyone who got on board with our Mt Everest (aka Mt Coolum x 42) mountain climb fundraiser for the Red Cross' work with survivors of the Nepal quake.
We summitted Mt Coolum a total of 179 times - that's 4.26 ascents of Mt Everest!
AND IN DOING IT, WE RAISED $6614 FOR NEPAL. HOORAY!!
We think that's a pretty good effort. So to all the people who got involved, from cutting up flags to keep track of our ascents, to entertaining kids in the carpark, putting out signs and collection tins, giving us some excellent local media coverage (a special shout to Seven Local News and the Sunshine Coast Daily!), throwing in your loose change, and of course, actually climbing up the mountain thousands of times - THANK YOU!
And we're sure, Nepal says thanks too!
Just in case you needed a really good reason to add Nepal to your travel calendar this year, check this out.
The fact is, Nepal needs all the help it can get to recover from the earthquake that devastated so many people's lives in April - and giving a boost to tourism, and all the locals who rely on it to make a living, is a great way to lend a hand. And all while soaking up one of the most amazing landscapes in the world!
But if you can't make it to Nepal this year, there are other ways you can help. Like getting behind our fundraiser for the Red Cross this weekend, for example! Find out all about it, and chip in a few bucks to the recovery effort at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/wanderlust-people.
See you in the mountains!
One of the challenges in the weeks following a significant natural disaster is keeping the issue on the agenda. As the initial images of horror, of heartbreak, of miraculous rescues gradually begin to wane, it doesn't take long before the media spotlight shifts and it can be just a matter of days before we are no longer talking about Nepal, let alone thinking about and continuing to contribute to the recovery efforts.
But for Nepal's residents, things may not ever be the same. As New York Times journalist and Kathmandu resident Donatella Lorch writes:
"I am not the old me....I am constantly on edge...Fear for so many of us here is a living, breathing, controlling creature, a domino effect that continues to grow and beat down our rational, intelligent thinking selves." If you would like to read more of Lorch's insight you can check out her recent column in the New York Times here.
We want to make sure Nepal is firmly fixed on the public agenda! We are committed to supporting the Nepalese people for the long term and making sure funds are continuing to be directed to the aid agencies working on the ground to support relief efforts.
In less than a week, Wanderlust People will join forces with several other teams to summit Mount Coolum at least 42 times - the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest - to raise funds for the Red Cross earthquake relief efforts. As an organisation, the Red Cross is dedicated to providing emergency humanitarian relief in disaster situations and already in Nepal they have:
- provided more than 225,000 people with shelter, including tarpaulins and family tents
- offered first aid to 5,800 injured people
- treated 18,000 people at mobile health clinics and field hospitals
- distributed oral rehydration solutions, soap and aqua tabs to prevent water-borne disease
- offered emotional support to 1,600 bereaved and traumatised people.
We are excited to partner with the Red Cross in our fundraising efforts. If you would like to sponsor you can make a donation online: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/wanderlust-people
Thanks for partnering with us!