The ground is still shaking

Well what a week, woken just after midnight Monday to a 7.8 earthquake centered just 16km or so away – a long night awake, checking on neighbours, organising emergency power – amazingly while the power was out our water system survived and we had internet and cellphone access – a huge thank you to RadioNZ for providing constant updates via streaming.

The clean up in Hanmer Springs is all done and the town is full open ‘for business’ – our thoughts go out to the other people of North Canterbury to the north east of us that have significantly more damage. Thankfully, after a day of heavy storms the sun is shining, may it continue.

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A week in Melbourne

After a busy few weeks in India, working in Mumbai and Bangalore it was back to help launch Blue September for the Prostate Cancer Foundation then across the ditch to Melbourne.

A huge thank you to Peter and the team at Grand Pacific Tours for sponsoring the week – programs in schools (St Monica’s) and a college (Merinda Calisthenics Dance College). Then Geelong and Moonee Ponds to support the GPT team.

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Mera Peak 2017 – come along!

Mera Peak 2017

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The big melt

For years I have seen the glaciers on our mountains – NZ and Nepal – shrinking – who says climate change isn’t happening?

The big melt on Everest

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The newly challenged of Nepal

These are just a few of the young newly disabled in Nepal – thanks to the generosity of many, both corporates but driven by individuals, Limbs4All now has almost $40,000 NZD that will be soon delivered to programs in Nepal to turn disability into ability.

‘Pictures paint a thousand words’

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Social Media is everywhere

Check out the Outside analysis of the growing importance of social media in gaining corporate sponsorship in this ever changing world – good words.

‘Exploring’ Social Media

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Autumn is here

2016 has flown – does time actually accelerate as we older – feels like it this year. Must be the ‘grandad’ effect!

From new years onwards it has been an exciting time presenting to a wide range of companies and charities. Thanks to the team at HQNZ in Queenstown for great events.

Autumn is pretty quiet so far, time to take a breath – right breath taken – so if you have staff that can learn from my lessons, give me a yell!

Planning is under way for Mera Peak late March to mid April 2017 – the classic trekking peak to get above 6000m in Nepal, added bonus is helping us at Limbs4All make a real difference for the disabled created by the tragic earthquakes there.

 

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A busy time commenting on potential new Nepal Everest rules

Check out the links to the interviews, as always, in my view it must be about ability, not disability!

Radio NZ National

RadioLive

Newstalk ZB

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Epic Mentors catch up with Mark

Check out the latest EpicMentors edition – Mark in Epicmentors

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Blue September – get checked

Off to Auckland to launch the Blue September program with the Prostate Cancer Foundation team, the message as always is ‘get checked’ – unfortunately my Dad didn’t until too late, a lesson for all of us I think.

Blue September

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