21 July 2015: A British couple are walking the entire length of New Zealand in order to raise funds for earthquake-hit communities in Nepal’s Solukhumbu region.
The “curiosity about contrasting cultures” took Carl Hutchinson and Adele-Ivy Harris to Nepal where they witnessed the trail of devastation left behind by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April 2015. The Hutchinsons were in Nepal when the mega earthquake hit the South Asian republic killing nearly nine thousand people, including many western tourists. This brought them face to face with the sufferings of the victims prompting them to do some volunteer work before they flew to New Zealand.
But they thought they had not done enough for the beautiful Himalayan nation. So they decided to walk for Nepal.
Criss-crossing through the Lord of The Rings country is not easy but thankfully the philanthropic pair are about to complete the arduous journey.
“Although we did some volunteering it didn’t feel like enough and leaving was difficult knowing that so many families were still in need of urgent help. It was then we decided to trek the entire length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail to raise money for Himalayan Trust, whose work around the Solukhumbu region is admirable,” the couple say on the Givealittle website.
The funds being raised will be spent through the Auckland-based Himalayan Trust which was founded by Sir Edmund Hillary over 50 years ago. In wake of the Nepal earthquake, the Trust has been providing direct assistance through the Earthquake Rebuild Appeal.
The world famous Te Araroa Trail extends 3000 km from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. The Hutchinsons started end of January and they are about to come to the finish line in Bluff.
All proceeds from their trail would go to the Himalayan Trust which Sir Edmund Hillary founded in 1960. The organisation has been working at the grassroots level in high altitude areas of Nepal.
The pair have already raised $11,648.90. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by visiting the Givealittle website.
” All the money donated is going towards re-building classrooms, teachers quarters, student quarters and toilet blocks.”