Three peak climb to raise cash for Nepal

Laku's Three Peak Challenge for Nepal SUS-150716-145902001
Laku's Three Peak Challenge for Nepal SUS-150716-145902001

A Nepali woman from Eastbourne has climbed three peaks in less 24 hours to raise money for the earthquake victims in her home land.

Laku Sherpa has taken on a number of fundraising challenges for the Esther Benjamin Trust including trekking to Everest base camp and running the London Marathon. She has raised thousands for the Trust and on July 11 completed yet another fundraising feat with the Three Peaks Challenge, albeit with a slight change of plan due to the extreme weather conditions.

Laku said, “We successfully climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland at 1,344 metre and Snowdonin Wales at 1,085 metres but unfortunately we couldn’t do England’s tallest peak, Scafell Pike, at 978m, due to high winds of 70mph and heavy Rain between 10pm to 12am which is when we were suppose to start our trek.

“All of our team were not allowed to go for the safety reason but we had alternative peak, Carnedd Llewelyn in Wales, at 1,064 metres, which we completed on time.”

The Esther Benjamins Trust, which usually rescues, cares for and educates trafficked Nepali children, shofted its focus towards helping the victims of the recent earthquakes when the natural disasters devastated the region.

Laku is a long supporter of the Trust and was pleased to help their new mission to deliver aid to Nepal.

She said, “Most of my family are safe but we are all just worried about everyone else.

“I really ask the people of Eastbourne to put themselves in that position and ask themselves how they would feel, to be homeless, with no water, not sure whether their mum, dad or children are safe.

“So many people feel their sorrow and have helped already, for which we are very grateful, but we hope to do more.”

The Esther Benjamin Trust, which has received great support from the people of Eastbourne, has been using the money to deliver aid to remote parts of Nepal.

The charity has provided families with rice and blankets. It has also agreed to fund 15 temporary schools for earthquake victims in Nepal.

The charity’s chief executive Ian Kerr lives in Eastbourne and has been working locally to raise as much money as possible.

He said, “We agreed to fund 15 temporary schools at the request of the Nepal education authorities.

“This will provide two classroom while a school that is unsafe or been demolished entirely by the earthquake is rebuilt.”

The classrooms being provided by the Esther Benjamin Trust will be made of bamboo. Each one costs £1,100 to buy and will provide accommodation for about 100 children. The cost of transporting the temporary units and erecting them will also need to be covered.

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