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Everest Marathon

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Three years ago the children decided to undertake the Everest Marathon to raise money themselves for improvements to their home. It was to be their first fundraising effort.

The iconic Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is the world’s highest and most spectacular race. The air is thin and the terrain is tough. The marathon is difficult, strenuous and downright treacherous and professional runners from around the world travel to compete.

The Kailash children trained hard for many months until eventually sixteen of them passed the intense training assessment prepared especially for them. The aim was to trek for four days up to the starting point near the Everest Base Camp before racing down the 42km trail in a single day. And then tragedy struck!

A major earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people and destroying the homes of hundreds of thousands. The home in Kathmandu was severely damaged, and the children spent many weeks living in tents as aftershocks continued to shake the area before a programme of repairs could be put in place. Emergency funding and reserve funds covered the cost of the repairs.

The 2015 race was, of course, cancelled, but in 2017 the race has been reinstated, and five of the original sixteen Kailash runners were able to successfully complete the marathon, the marathon on May 29th. Once again, the children have linked their efforts to fundraising to improve their home. Their accommodation is adequate, but they have very limited space for study and learning and social activity. They are supporting an international effort to raise funds for new study buildings which, of course, need to be built to conform to new earthquake proof building standards.

For a diary recap of their trip, please click here. You can also find profiles of the team members here; it is wonderful to see how the children have grown and prospered since their arrival at Kailash Home.