Celebrating 100 years since the birth of New Zealand’s national icon – We are very excited to announce that following Sir Ed’s Centenary Celebrations in New Zealand, it is now the UK’s turn to celebrate the extraordinary life and achievements of Sir Ed.
Sir Ed’s life was so much more than being the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest and being an inspiring figure to his fellow mountaineers. Many people know about the work he did for the people in Nepal, building schools and hospitals through his charity The Himalayan Trust, but his impact had a much wider reach …
We would like the celebrations to be accessible to all, but at the same time do Sir Ed proud by raising a considerable amount to leave a lasting impact in his name. There will be two celebrations, our first ever high ticket fundraising dinner on Thursday 18 June and a more informal celebration on Wednesday 17 June. We are delighted that Peter Hillary has committed to be one of our special guests during both celebrations!
100% of proceeds of both events will go to the Himalayan Trust UK to enable us to continue the work that Sir Ed has started.
A memorable fundraising dinner held at the dazzling heights of Landing Forty Two, the highest event space in London, with personal tributes by Peter Hillary, Sean Fitzpatrick, Sir Chris Bonington, Ang Zangbu and others.
The evening will start with cocktails during the welcome reception whilst admiring the views over London. The High Commissioner of New Zealand will introduce Sean Fitzpatrick, who will deliver the first of many personal tributes about Sir Ed. Sean was the captain of the All Blacks during their 1987 World Cup win and is widely recognised as New Zealand’s finest rugby player. He will introduce Manaia performing arts company, who will treat us to a traditional Maori welcome followed by the Ka Mate haka (made famous by the All Blacks) and leads us to a wonderful dinner.
More personal tributes will be given throughout the dinner by Sir Chris Bonington as fellow mountaineer and President of the Trust and Ang Zangbu representing the Sherpa people that made such an impression on Sir Ed. Ang was educated at one of the “Hillary schools” and became the first ever Sherpa pilots. Last, but by no means least, his son Peter Hillary will share with us what Sir Ed was like as a father and role-model.
To help us make this evening not only special and memorable for those that attend, but also memorable for the mountain people of Nepal, our Trustee Rebecca Stephens, the first British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, will lead the auction with proceeds going to our core Education and Health programmes.
We cannot celebrate Sir Ed’s Centenary without a clear link to New Zealand of course. We are very pleased to be able to welcome you to the Penthouse of New Zealand House for “An Evening with Peter Hillary”.
The evening is more informal to the high ticket fundraising dinner, but memorable in its own right. We will start with a drinks reception, followed by an intimate and inspiring talk by Peter focusing on the lessons learned from his father and what it is like to live in his father’s footsteps.
There will be plenty of time to reminisce over the many achievements of Sir Ed and the impact he has made across the world. The evening will end with Peter answering your questions.
Unlike the Annual Lectures in the Royal Geographic Society, tickets will be limited to 100, so don’t leave it too long to secure your place for this once-in-a-lifetime connection with the Hillary family.