BENEFITING: UNITED SHERPA ASSOCIATION INC
The deadly avalanche that struck Mt. Everest on April 18th claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas in the worst climbing accident in the mountain's history. This happened as Sherpas were preparing a route through the treacherous Khumbu Icefall for the May climbing season. This tragedy is a reminder that, while climbing Everest has become a popular destination and a lucrative business and a source of income for many including the Sherpas, yet the climbing Sherpas and their families continue to bear much of the risk involved. This recent tragedy has left behind 28 fatherless children whose future is at a standstill. Not too long ago l too lost my own father and i know know what it means to lose a loved one. However, circumstances are far worse for many of these children, who lost more than a father at a very early stage of their life. For many of these families, their fathers were the sole-bread winners whose seasonal job in the mountain was their only hope of sustaining their livelihood. With the loss of that support pillar many of them face immediate and long-term hardship in meeting their daily and future needs. I am particularly concerned about many of the children and state of their education which is so integral to their future that is not dependant on the mountains and the adherent risks associated with it. In response, I have created the Sherpa Memorial Scholarship Fund to support the families in partnership with the United Sherpa Association (USA) Inc. a community based organization in New York that works to serve the Sherpas at home and abroad. 100% of the donation received for the Sherpa Scholarship Fund will go directly to help the education needs of chilrdren of the families of the deceased.
I have also partnered with a NY based Nepali startup who have generously agreed to donate proceeds from the sale of T-Shirts to the Scholarship Fund. If you like to purchase any of these cool shirts please visit their online store at this web address http://www.vesvusha.com/campaigns.html
As for my end, i will be competing in the annual Olympic Standard New York City Triathlon, 2014 which will involve swimming 1500 meters in the nasty Hudson river, Biking 40 kilometers on the treachorous west side highway and running 10 kilometers around the beautiful landscapes of Central Park . Your donations towards this small effort of mine would be greatly appreciated and will provide every bit of encouragement i would need to complete this challenge.
Stop by the Hudson River or Central Park on August 3rd if you can!!
Shaky the Sherpa