BENEFITING: Mind the Gap Worldwide
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2015
I'm Chris Brinlee, Jr. I am a storyteller.
Stories, however, are not best-told from inside the walls of a cubicle. So last year I left mine behind to go experience something more.
Eventually my journey led me to Nepal, where I climbed Imja Tse. The mountain more popularly known as Island Peak is a baby by Himalayan standards - but at 20,305', it is higher than any point in North America. I reached the summit, but it was the hardest thing that I've ever done.
Shortly after I left, disaster struck. On April 27, 2015, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake shattered Nepal. Thousands of people were killed, injured, and left homeless - many of whom were very dear to me. I wanted to help - but I wanted to send more than just prayers.
So I kicked off a personal fundraising campaign, selling photo prints from my time there. All proceeds from the sales went to MercyCorps, an aid organization who was boots-on-the-ground providing much needed relief in the form of shelter, water, and hygienic supplies. All-in-all, I raised $6,000.
But Nepal still needs our help. So I'm going back to climb another mountain -- and this time, I'm bringing my brother.
We're going to climb Singu Chuli - at 21,328', it will be higher than anything we've ever climbed before. With each foot that we climb, we'll be raising money for Nepal. That money will go directly to rebuild Langtang - a culturally and geographically important village that was completely destroyed as a result of the earthquake.
Together we can make a difference. Together, we can rebuild Nepal.