Raising Funds for Nepal – Can you help – They have so little we have so much?

Raising funds for Nepal  – My friends in Braemar have sent me this information on helping our friends in Nepal. Please read and share it as every penny is needed out there and will be for many years. “They have so little we have so much”
As we are all aware there has been catastrophic loss of life and suffering in Nepal over the last ten days. Braemar Mountain Sports has many friends and customers that have been on Everest over the last 25 years. Some work on the mountain involved in commercial trips, some have been clients on these expeditions and others have been on traditional expeditions organised by the climbers themselves. Many have reached the summit.

Memorial

Memorial

Some of those killed at Everest Base Camp this last week were not only known personally to our friends and customers but were close friends and work colleagues. We are running a fund raising evening in The Bothy at Braemar on 22nd May. The purpose of the event is to raise some money that can be given directly to the Nepalese families of those killed. In particular, to the families of high camp cook Pasang Temba Sherpa that Sue Harper and Henry have worked with for many years as well as to climbing sherpas Tenzing and Kumar who had joined the team more recently.

All proceeds from the evening will be given to the families in an attempt to make a small contribution to help them begin to rebuild their lives. We had considered giving the money raised to a large charity but currently are intending to heed the advice that in the short term limited ‘hand outs’ to those directly involved are very beneficial. The longer term target is then to assist in the rebuilding of Pasang Temba’s house which to make matters worse, was also destroyed in the earthquake. In the next couple of weeks Henry will meet with the families of Kumar Sherpa and Tenzing Sherpa (who both had two young children) to find out what their immediate needs are as well as their longer term requirements.

To our delight the 60 places available were booked within 48 hours of sending an email round a few friends. During the evening one of our friends Sue will make a short presentation. She has worked, lived, climbed on and summited Everest. (She also lived in Braemar in the late 1980’s).

Below is a Facebook quote from Sue on hearing of the death of one of her friends a few days ago;

“I’m afraid to say that Pasang Temba Sherpa our Camp 2 cook was also killed…i think he must have been at base camp…Henry’s camp took the big hit i believe…Pasang Temba has been with Henry for …well…for ever! And i know many people knew this lovely man, which is why i’m sharing it here… I remember that when i passed through camp 3 on my way down from the summit i was desperately thirsty and he gave me his water bottle and what was left in it, leaving himself with nothing… so typical of the generosity of these lovely people”. Sadly, as I mentioned above, it turns out that not only has Pasang Temba died but his family house has been destroyed…

Destruction

Destruction

Pasang’s family were visited in the last few days by mountain guide Rob Casserley who has worked alongside him for many years on Everest. (Photos with consent of family).

Pangboche village where Pasang Temba’s family live is below the beautiful mountain of Ama Dablam. It is a village of a couple of hundred people. It is four days walk from Lukla where there is a short airstrip for light aircraft but it is seven days walk from the nearest road!

Sponsors wanted

Sponsors wanted

Timber is very scarce. Maximum effort will be made to recycle as much timber as possible from their old house pictured above. I am currently seeking a sponsor for a single flight of a large capacity helicopter. This will be after the monsoon, probably in October. The plan is to fly in as much timber as possible. Should there be any excess material it will be distributed elsewhere in the village.

Would you please consider donating £20 to sponsor one length of timber?https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/SherpafamilysupportAlternatively, RBS have set up a separate account for this project. The bank details are:

Sherpa Family Support Fund. Pasang, Kumar & Tenzing.
Royal Bank of Scotland, High Street. Banchory
Sort Code: 83-28-46.  Acc No 00275781

As we progress we will send emails explaining how the fund is accumulating and what the money is being used for.

In the week prior to the Braemar event on 22nd May we will send out an email advertising ten auction items. It is hoped to receive bids from other people who will not be present at the event as well as those present on the evening.

Finally, if you have any friends or colleagues that you feel would be interested in contributing to this fund raising effort may I ask you to forward this mail to them. It would be great if you could write your own introductory paragraph and please also remember to include the images.

Thank you for helping us make a difference, 
Colin, the staff at Braemar Mountain Sports and Sue.

 

 

Auction to raise funds to rebuild the houses and assist the families of Sherpas Pasang Temba, Kumar and Tenzing who were killed in the Everest Base Camp avalanche.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible. The auction will be concluded during the fund raising evening being hosted by The Braemar Bothy and Braemar Mountain Sports on Friday 22ndMay. We are encouraging people to bid even though they are not attending the evening function (which unfortunately is now fully booked).

 

Lot 1. A day in the mountains with Kenton Cool. Kenton is an IFMGA Mountain Guide who has reached the summit of Everest eleven times. Max 4 people. Bid with friends!

Lot 2. River Dee Salmon Fishing, Balmoral Estate. 2 days fishing for 2 with a ghillie on Birkhall beat week beginning 20th July this year.

Lot 3. Avalanche training in the mountains with Mark Diggins. Mark is an IFMGA Mountain Guide & Co-ordinator of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service. A great opportunity!

Lot 4. A week in Alvanside Holiday Cottage, Braemar. A recently renovated traditional cottage in Braemar. Sleeps 6.

Lot 5. A day fishing for two rods River Don. On the upper stretches of the River Don. This lot includes a bottle of Tomintoul 16 year old single malt.

Lot 6. A load of logs from Braemar Castle. Delivered twenty mile radius of Braemar!

Lot 7. A long weekend in River Cottage Enochdhu. Sleeps 4, a charming cottage. A tranquil retreat 10 miles North East of Pitlochry. Google to see details of this lovely house.

Lot 8. River Dee Salmon Fishing, Morven Water. 1 day for two rods on the Morven beat near Ballater with lunch served in the fishing hut.

Lot 9. Mountain Equipment Sleeping Bags. Two top quality down Helium 600 sleeping bags. (Can be zipped together for ultimate camping experience).

Lot 10. Lunch for 4 with the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish Parliament. 

 

Auction to raise funds to rebuild the houses and assist the families of Sherpas Pasang Temba, Kumar and Tenzing who were killed in the Everest Base Camp avalanche.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible. The auction will be concluded during the fund raising evening being hosted by The Braemar Bothy and Braemar Mountain Sports on Friday 22ndMay. We are encouraging people to bid even though they are not attending the evening function (which unfortunately is now fully booked).

 

 

Auction Bidding Process
The aim of our auction is to raise as much as possible for our Sherpa families. We would like to attract bids from as many people as possible and to close the bidding at the fundraising evening we are holding in Braemar on Friday 22nd May.

Should you wish to bid please contact us by email with your bid and your contact details by email no later than 18.00 on Friday 22nd May. Please include your name and telephone numbers. Our email address is info@sherpafamilysupport.co.uk.

As we conclude the evening with the auction around 21.30 we will endeavour to contact the person who has placed the highest bid so far by phone. Should they wish, this will allow them to bid over the phone competing against anyone placing a higher bid in the room. If you do not want to take up this option please state ‘maximum bid’ when you email us with your bid.

 

Further details of lots are available on our website. www.sherpafamilysupport.co.uk

We apologise if this method is unconventional! Please remember though that all income raised will be going directly to the Sherpa families. Thank you for your interest and good luck.

 

A  very special thank you to all the people above who have so generously decided to support this project.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist
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