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What: Benefit for Tashi and Lapka’s Villiage

When:  Thursday, September 3rd from 5-7 pm

Where: Rendezvous Tent

Speaker:  Eric Weihenmayer, American athlete, author, activist and motivational speaker and the only blind person to summit Mt Everest.  He has completed the Seven Summits. Eric has completed the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race, Primal Quest and adventure race of 460 miles with 60,000 feet of elevation gains and has kayaked the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In addition to his mountaineering feats, Eric co-founded No Barriers USA which helps those with special challenges live active and purposeful lives.  Today, while still adventuring, he is a prominent world wide speaker focusing on the topic of using adversity to advantage and living a “No Barrier’s Life”IMG_0195

Why:  Tashi and Lapka Sherpa have made the Fraser Valley their summer home for the past 16 years.  You will see them selling their jewelry at Mountain Rose and under the balcony of the Ditch Restaurant.  In the winter they operate their own lodge called Ama Dablam Lodge at 11,500 ft. where many Everest climbers stay before they begin their climb. Eric Weihenmayer was once one of their guests. On April 25th and again on May 12th massive earthquakes devastated their hometowns the twin villages of Khumjung and Khunde.  Nepal is a very poor country and the government was only able to give people in their villages $70 if their house was destroyed and $30 if it was damaged.  Many of their neighbors are still sleeping outside.   We are asking you to help our Sherpas by making a tax-deductible donation to the Oslo Foundation.  All money raised will be used to rebuild the Villages of Khumjung and Khunde which is home to 1300 people.

Admission to Eric Weihenmayer lecture is free—we only ask that you consider making a donation.