Nepal focus of trust event

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New Zealand’s role in helping Nepal recover from a devastating earthquake in 2015 will be one of the topics discussed at a fundraiser for the Himalayan Trust taking place in Wanaka on November 6.

Trust board member Keri Barnett, of Alexandra, said a $1.5million reconstruction programme had been funded with the help of the New Zealand public.

At least $60,000 of that had been raised in Central Otago towards the rebuild programme.

This had gone towards building 150 new schools in Nepal, she said.

Speakers on the night would include Bruce and Marg Jefferies, of Wanaka, who spent time in Nepal in the 1970s, helping establish Sagarmatha National Park, now a Unesco world heritage site encompassing 1,148sqkm of land in the Himalayas.

Mount Aspiring College pupils would speak about a planned trek to Sagarmatha National Park which included getting volunteering on a community projects.

Himalayan Trust Nepal chief executive Dr Mingma Norbu Sherpa, will provide an update on Nepal’s ongoing recovery from the earthquakes. The talk starts at 7.30pm on November 6, at the St John Rooms, Wanaka.

For details visit himalayantrust.org