It is anticipated it will take around 24 hours over five days for Galleries Centre Manger David Wait and Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN) Executive Director Alan Sweetman to ‘step’ the height of the world’s highest mountain to raise money for Nepalese schools and health facilities.
The pair are climbing the total 8,850m height on step machines from Monday 11th to Friday 15th October to support the charity’s goal of raising £50k in its 30th anniversary year. This money will specifically support early years education. The challenge has been timed to coincide with The Galleries’ own 30th anniversary, which is on October 15th.
The activity is part of Tiffin Week, the final of three key fundraisers through the year where people are being encouraged to enjoy a Tiffin lunch – a light nutritious meal that is often eaten during the hottest part of the day. PTN has provided Tiffin meals to some of its schools in Nepal in the past to ensure pupils are getting good nutrition during their day. £1,000 is enough to provide Tiffin meals for a whole school for a year.
As well as the 3,871 floor stepping challenge, which you can support by jumping on a third stepper and climbing a few steps of your own, there will be a number of other activities going on in the shopping mall:
- On Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes you can buy freshly made, authentic Nepali cuisine, including Momos and Sel Roti.
- Experience some real life traditional Nepalese dancing and music – times to be confirmed.
The 30For30 campaign was launched in January and is well on the way to reaching its £50k target.
David, who is also a Trustee of the charity said: “When we came up with this idea it was a while ago and it seemed very far off, so I have had to do some last minute training. Having been to Nepal on several occasions before lockdown, I have to say I am really missing the country and so doing this makes me feel a bit closer to everyone out there. It’s going to be hard but we’re determined to complete the challenge between us.
“We also want to say a big thank you to Pure Gym who have donated the steppers for us to use through the week and the Nepali community of Bristol who have been so generous in their support and advice on food and entertainment to make it a really authentic experience.”
Alan added: “We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity through this campaign. Obviously there has been an awful lot going on at home in terms of fundraising given the challenging 18 months we have just had, so it’s fantastic that we are still getting support for our work in Nepal which, given it was particularly hard hit by Covid 19, is arguably more important than ever before.
“I have to say. I think folks will need to be quick to get their lunchtime Momo snacks as David and I will be scoffing quite a few to keep our energy levels up!”
If you can’t make it to The Galleries to join in, there is a Just Giving page you can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-wait7. You can also join in with Tiffin Week from home with a few special Nepali recipes, which you can download below and cook at home to help you get in the spirit of the week https://www.pahar-trust.org/tiffin-week