1st UAE-students expedition to travel on Mt Everest

By Jamil Khan

A GROUP of 10 students and six teachers from Rashid School for Boys, Dubai, are all set to embark on a 17-day trekking expedition to Mount Everest Base Camp. The team of students will be the first of UAE students to travel on the world’s highest mountain range as an expedition to face real challenges and raise money to help others.rashid-schoo-students1

All Grade-12 students and six teachers, including the headmaster of the school will kick off their memorable journey from Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 2. The team will be headed by Gavin Bate, who has a sound trekking experience and already reached four times in the past at the Mount Everest Summit and will continue his stride at the summit to hoist the UAE and Rashid School for Boys flags.

The journey will start through historic route from Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Periche, Kala Pathar to ascend at the altitude of up to 5,500 metres at Everest Base Camp with the help of expert guides and sherpa people.

Glyn Kilsby, Headmaster of Rashid School for Boys, while narrating the details of expedition said that this is a fantastic opportunity for students to complete a huge personal challenge as well as supporting the development, understanding and the needs of the Nepalese community.

The money raised will go to two charities, the UAE Red Crescent, to help their humanitarian projects and the Moving Mountains, who will help in developing local community facilities like schools and medical clinics in Nepal.

To cover the expenses of trip, Rashid School for Boys had already conducted various fund-raising programmes within the school and collected Dhs800,000 for the UAE Red Crescent and Dhs70,000 for Moving Mountains.

Kilsby had appreciated the support of Al Maktoum Foundation and Al Bwardy Investments, which supported through generous donations.

He further said that the vital parts of trekking like preparation, motivation and training for the students have already started with the assistance of experienced staff. Besides, advice of the Dubai resident and explorer Adrian Hayes, and international explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will also be sought.

Mirza Al Sayegh, Chairman Al Maktoum Foundation had appreciated the expedition of students and vowed to support it. He announced Dhs0.5 million to bear the cost of the trip, besides announcing conferring trekking bags along with all necessary equipments to all member of the trekking team.

Mohammad Abdullah Alhaj Al Zaroni, Manager Red Crescent spoke on the occasion and highlighted the humanitarian activities being carried out throughout the region.

Published in The Gulf Today-Sharjah | Feb 27, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on February 28, 2009.

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