Press Release - “Life is like a mountain, and we all have mountains to climb, we all have an Everest” Pat Falvey, world-renowned adventurer and expedition Leader
The Hope Foundation launched its Celebrity Expedition HOPE Everest to an excited audience this evening at Basecamp Adventure and Travel Store, Dublin. Donal McIntyre, Rob Ross, Philip Gray, George Mc Mahon, Teena Gates and Jenny Kavanagh were announced as the brave personalities who will take part in this a two-part challenge to raise funds for The Hope Foundation. The team will leave on September 30th and will spend twenty two days taking on this mammoth challenge.
The challenge is in two phases: the team will first climb to Everest Base Camp and then some will go on to climb to Island Peak, which is at 20,305 feet. This will be a really tough challenge, requiring ice picks and ice crampons in their boots and the team will be tied together with ropes to reach the ice field!
The expedition will be led by experienced mountaineer Pat Falvey, who has climbed the seven highest mountains on the Seven Continents twice, including Mt Everest from Nepal and Tibet. Pat is also experienced in leadership and motivation and is sure to build great team spirit among the participants.
Hon Director of The Hope Foundation, Maureen Forrest said: “Every child on the streets of Calcutta is facing an Everest each day; their lives are about survival. HOPE is working to change that with over 60 projects that enable children to go to school, to be cared for, to stay healthy and to break the cycle of poverty. I thank the team from the bottom of my heart for taking time out to be part of this great expedition to change children’s lives”. see video of Kids in Calcutta.
People around the country will also have a chance to get involved in this expedition as HOPE has three unique ideas to let the supporters become part of the team. The first is the Every Step Counts campaign, which will see gyms and health clubs ‘step’ with the team. Total Fitness are the first gym to come on board and support this campaign. The Sign the Flag campaign urges schools, businesses, groups and communities to sign a specially designed flag which will be brought by the team and put on Everest. The third is the Mobile Mountain campaign where you can drop your old phone into Basecamp Adventure Store and hopefully they can make a ‘mountain’ out of the amount they have received.
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Quote from Teena Gates:
"Last year I weighed 23 stone and walked with a stick, this year I've got my health back and a chance to walk to the highest point on the planet. The Hope Foundation is giving me an incredible opportunity to walk to Mount Everest Base Camp to help street kids in Calcutta. Pat Falvey's Irish & Worldwide Adventures (www.patfalvey.com) is giving me the skills to move mountains for this cause by coordinating the training and the trek to Nepal this October. Climbing my own personal mountain has brought me to the summit of Carrauntoohill with Pat and his guides; and opened a window of opportunity for me to a whole new world."
Teena Gates - Head of News 98fm
Quote from Pat Falvey's office:
"We are delighted to be involved with this fund raiser for the Hope foundation. Our first training session with the Hope group was on Carrauntoohil back in July. They are training hard at the moment in their own time but are back down to Kerry for their final training next week to be assessed on Climbing Equipment and techniques. We will have them fully prepared for Island peak leaving Ireland at the end of the month."
To get involved or learn more check out www.hopechallenge2010.com
The launch night was kindly sponsored by Basecamp store and Jaipur Restaurant.