Sir Edmund Hillary Tribute Dinner August 29

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Sir Edmund Hillary Tribute Dinner - Aug 29, 2008. Sydney.

Featuring the inaugural Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Address – to be delivered by

Peter Hillary.

Shortly after Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic 1953 ascent of Mt. Everest with Tenzing Norgay, he asked his

Sherpa friends how he could help them. Their answer: “Our children have eyes but still they are blind.

Please build a school in our village”. With that, Sir Ed spent the next 50 years building more than 30

schools and establishing medical centres, environment programs, vital infrastructure and much more,

through his Himalayan Trust. 

The Australian Himalayan Foundation – whose directors include Peter Hillary, his son - is committed to

carrying on Sir Ed’s work and building on his amazing legacy. 

Our Teacher Training and Quality Education program in Nepal, emanating from a program Sir Ed began, is

again being expanded, at the request of the Nepali people, and will now involve the training and assistance

for more than 400 teachers in 120 schools, directly improving the education and life opportunities of more

than 8,000 kids.

To help raise the $110,000 a year needed for that program, and funds for our other education, health and

environmental programs, the AHF is holding a Sir Edmund Hillary Tribute Dinner, featuring the

inaugural Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Address , on August 29, 2008, 7.00 pm, at the Sofitel

Wentworth Hotel Sydney. 

The event will feature Peter Hillary, two-time Everest summiteer and renowned author and adventurer; 

Alfred Gregory, member of the 1953 Everest expedition; an exhilarating performance by internationally

acclaimed tabla player Dheeraj Shrestha; Lincoln Hall, AHF Director and Everest summiteer, and author

of “Dead Lucky: Life after death on Mount Everest”; Andrew Lock, Australia’s leading Himalayan

mountaineer with 13 of the world’s  14  8000m peaks to his credit;  Greg Mortimer, the 1st Australian to

climb Everest and K2; Sorrel Wilby, adventurer, author and TV presenter ; and an impressive select set of

fundraising auction items and raffles.

Special tables/seats (hosted by eminent adventurers or other special guests) are $350 per person; and

standard seats @150. Tables or seats for the August 29 Sir Edmund Hillary Tribute dinner can be

booked online   OR by sending a cheque to the AHF.

P.O Box 553, Crows Nest, NSW 1585. Phone 02 9438 1822 or email: for more info.

Media inquiries:  please phone Debbie Dukes on 0408 463 144 or Garry Weare on 0418 404446.

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