The Himalayan Trust UK presents
Tenth Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture
WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018
SIR RANULPH FIENNES
Doors & bar open at 6 pm, lecture starts at 7 pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
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Join friends of the Himalayan Trust UK to celebrate the Tenth Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the world’s greatest living explorer. Ranulph is an inspiring speaker who delivers engaging and thought-provoking speeches on all aspects of his many expeditions. He leaves his audience energised and spellbound.
Ranulph has led numerous expeditions and was the first person ever to summit Everest and cross both polar ice caps in the same expedition.
The Trust will also use this opportunity to give you an insight into its valuable education and health work in Nepal and its “Build Back Better” campaign following the devastating earthquake of 2015.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture Series Background
Sir Edmund Hillary – or ‘Ed’ as he was universally known – passed away on 11 January 2008, at home in Auckland, aged 88. A huge wave of emotion swept over the people of New Zealand. Led by their Prime Minister, Helen Clark, they mourned their great Kiwi, lying in state in Holy Trinity Cathedral, with his Everest ice axe and Maori ceremonial staff atop the casket.
Here in the UK, people also paid tribute. Sir Edmund was a Knight of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry granted by Her Majesty the Queen. On a knight’s death, his personal banner is ceremonially laid down on the High Altar of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. This was done at an extraordinarily moving ceremony on 2 April 2008, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
The following day The Himalayan Trust UK organised a special tribute at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Sir Ed’s son, Peter Hillary, spoke on ‘Growing up with Ed’. Tenzing Norgay’s son, Jamling Norgay, spoke on behalf of the Sherpa community. And there was a showing of Michael Dillon’s prize-winning film Beyond Everest, about Sir Ed’s philanthropic work with the Sherpas. The auditorium was packed to the rafters and overflowing.
So moved were the loyal supporters and Trustees of The Himalayan Trust UK, that a decision was made to launch a series of Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lectures that would take place annually on the day of his ascent of Everest, 29 May, or as close to this day as possible, at the Royal Geographical Society. Today, this continues to be an opportunity to gather with our friends and supporters, and raise funds for the children and grandchildren of the people who made the whole great Everest adventure possible, the tough, courageous mountain people of Nepal.
Previous speakers have included Alan Hinkes OBE, Stephen Venables, Dr Mike Gill, Jan Morris, Leo Houlding, Prof David Vaughan, Dr Hugh Lewis-Jones, Doug Scott CBE, Sir Chris Bonington and Kenton Cool.