Two weeks on from my last email, and it’s time for a progress update. I have challenged myself to take part in the Tour de Brisbane on 11th July in order to raise funds for Sungava Home for Young Women with Intellectual Disability which is one of NAFA’s ongoing health, disability and education commitments in Kathmandu. In order to get myself ready to take part in this event I have set myself the additional training goal of climbing the equivalent in height of Mount Everest. This is of course a virtual ascent of Everest and I am doing the riding for real on the streets of Brisbane. The event, which was originally scheduled for 11th April, was postponed until 11th July due to a Covid-19 outbreak. I was on track with my training having accumulated 7,900m in ascent by the beginning of April, but the reschedule forced me to extend my training period by 3 months and so I reset my challenge back to 1,400m, the altitude of Sungava Home in Kathmandu.

Over the last fortnight I have covered over 300km around Brisbane with a good deal of time spent in the hills in order to achieve the elevation gain I am trying to accumulate. I have clocked up 2,200m of climbing since leaving Kathmandu which this takes me past Namche Bazar at 3,440m; up into the upper Solo Khumbu region of the Himalayas, home to Mount Everest. I am pleased with my progress, although I am beginning to feel the effects of the extended training period. I remain committed and determined, and so with 6 weeks to go until the Tour de Brisbane I am still hard at work on the bike …. next stop Everest Base Camp at 5,400m!!

We now have just under $3,000 raised which is great progress but still some way short of our target. So, my appeal to you all is to please spread the word and encourage everyone to get behind this challenge and support Sungava Home for Young Women with Intellectual Disability.

Thank you to those who have already committed to Sungava and are supporting me in my efforts …. PLEASE continue to help by forwarding this email and link to family friends and colleagues.

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