15 February, 2023
Locals headed to the foot of Everest
A contingent of local residents, is in training in preparation for a trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal as a fund-raising adventure for Toowoomba-based mental health service Momentum Mental Health.
Last weekend, several members of the group took a hike up Mount Peel near Westbrook as part of their training.
Among those who have committed to undertake the trip is Toowoomba Regional Councillor Megan O’Hara Sullivan, who is a Greenmount resident, and the chairman of Momentum Mental Health, Chris Black.
The self-funded event has attracted 18 starters but there is room for two more people.
Each of the participants has been charged with raising $5,500 for the not-for-profit Momentum Mental Health.
Cr O’Hara Sullivan said those taking part are raising money through a mix of individual efforts and joint projects.
The $5,500 represents $1 for every metre above sea level of the Everest Base Camp, which is located at about 5,500 metres.
They will leave at the end of April and will trek for 14 days, with some days of down time as they get used to the altitude.
What binds the team is a common sense of adventure and the fact that they like a challenge.
The aim is to raise $100,000.
For anyone who’d like to support the trekkers in their fundraising, here is a link to donation page.