It is hard to believe it is already March 2017!
The year has started busy, many programs with NZ and Australian companies. Planning is complete for next the expeditions next March to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes.
Over the last year over $50,000 NZD has been donated by very generous individuals and companies for our Limbs4All Nepal program – I will visit Nepal shortly to complete the program selection – watch this space.
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.
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.
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
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’
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
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.
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
Epic Mentors catch up with Mark
Check out the latest EpicMentors edition – Mark in Epicmentors