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  Canadian Mt. Everest: Shorn for Sean, Walkathon and Everest expeditions


Dr Sean Egan

Update: Gordon Hassett, Sean Egan's nephew, recently had all his locks shorn off to raise money for the school in Kathmandu in Sean's name. The shaveathon took place on January 28th in the crowded West Bridge Bar, in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland. The night kicked off at 10pm with entertainment been provided by The Tony Anderson Experience who played until 11pm when Gordon's afro was shaved off, to great amusement. A local climber also had his hair shaved off before the entertainment continued from The Tony Anderson Experience. A great night was had by all and they raised an amazing 3,000 Euros. Who knew hair was so valuable! Great job Gordon, and thanks from everyone involved with the school project.

On March 24th there will be a "Walk for Sean" fundraiser in support of the new "Sean Egan Memorial Scholarship" at the University of Ottawa. The event is a joint initiative of the Human Kinetics Students' Association and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Walkers will be offered the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship fund by collecting pledges from family and friends and then walking a 3.5 km route along the Rideau Canal.

The Walk will start at Ottawa City Hall at 12pm and end at Montpetit Hall, where a ceremony will take place in the gym at 1.30pm. At the ceremony, walkers will be treated to refreshments, light snacks, a video of Sean's adventures on Everest and will hear first-hand how much was raised from the Walk for the scholarship. Please register at City Hall before 11.45am on March 24th and pre-register by sending an email to walkforsean@gmail.com. If you are in Ottawa at that time please join what promises to be another fun event.

It was Friday, March 25th last year when many of us went to Ottawa International Airport to see Sean and the rest of the expedition leave for Kathmandu. In the next month, several people associated with that Everest trip will be setting off again. Harold Mah, Base Camp Manager, leaves with a trekking party and they will spend a night at Base Camp as they walk along the foothills of Everest. Also going is Elia Saikaly, movie maker and cameraman, who plans to climb to Camp 2; and Gabriel Filippi, who conquered Everest on May 30th last year, who is returning with a trekking party.

Good luck to all of them in their travels.

We have made tremendous progress toward our goal of raising $150,000 to build the school in Kathmandu in Sean Egan's memory. Our plan is to complete the fundraising this year so that Child Haven can finish construction as soon as possible. We're over half way there! Child Haven's plan is to begin construction before the monsoon season this year (July-Sept) and tests are currently being performed on the soil by Geotechnical specialists.

Donations can be made at www.childhaven.ca/donate.htm

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