I'm running my first half marathon - a full 21.1km! Help me raise money as I go for the Australian Himalayan Foundation, who do work in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal (most of us know it as the Everest region). I really love Nepal, having visited twice, and I was really saddened by the April 25th earthquake. Please, donate today and encourage me over the 21km mark. Read on for more about my love affair with Nepal, and about the wonderful work of the AHF.
On April 25th 2015, a massive earthquake shook the tiny country of Nepal - their worst natural disaster in 80 years. At least 8000 people lost their lives due to collapsing buildings and woefully inadequate infrastructure. Many thousands more were seriously injured.
Nepal is an extremely poor country, with many of the 25-million population living a subsistence lifestyle with very little government support. Small sections of the country, including the lakeside city of Pokhara and the high-altitude Khumbu - home of Mount Everest - survive on the tourist dollar, however this disaster occurred in the middle of their short Spring tourist season.
Since the 1980s, the Australian Himalayan Foundation has focussed on providing support to the people of Nepal. The focus on education helps future generations of Nepalis get ahead and break the poverty cycle.
I have a strong personal interest in the AHF due to my two trips to the Upper Khumbu region of Nepal in 2010 and 2011. The people of Nepal opened their houses to my family and I - quite literally - and made us feel incredibly welcome.
I was lucky enough to have my parents join my wife and I on our 2010 trip. Whilst there, my father met a young Nepali artist and continued to send funding to that artist. Sadly, we lost my dad to cancer in 2013 - and have since lost contact with the young artist. In lieu of funding individuals, I have opted to support the work of the Australian Himalayan Foundation - an organisation focussed on helping educate and support the people of Nepal.
Run Melbourne 2015 will be my first half marathon. Join me as I annoy everybody with my training stories and woes. Your support will help encourage me to the start line and then onto the finish.