Karen O’Connor, President

Season’s Greetings On behalf of The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Board of Directors and administrative personnel, I would like to wish you and yours a very merry holiday season, and a safe and healthy New Year!

Thank you for your generosity and generous support!

We are so grateful to you, our loyal supporters, and the many caring individuals who have helped make this year’s projects in Nepal a success!

A friendly reminder for those of you who are still checking off their holiday giving list; as the old year comes to a close, you still have an opportunity to gift a 2021 tax-deductible charitable donation.

To donate through Canada Helps, please visit our website at www.thesiredmundhillaryfoundation.ca and click on the red DONATE NOW button.

Grand Gesture Honors a Cherished and Benevolent Friend

A memorial Stupa honoring Zeke was recently constructed and located behind the Kunde Hospital, in the Zeke O’Connor Beyul Healing Garden. The blessing ritual of the Stupa and subsequent tree planting ceremony were held on the morning of November 21, 2021. The event was officiated by the young Abbot of Thami monastery, Ngawang Tinley Palbar Rinpoche and his spiritual instructor, Loben Ngawang Tenkya. The young Abbot is believed to be the reincarnation (Rinpoche) of the previous Abbot of Thami Monastery. He is regarded as the spiritual leader of Khumbu region following the death of the Abbot of Thyangboche monastery in October 2020. The older monk in attendance is the head of Thami monastery and the personal teacher of the young boy. Attendance included many wearing traditional dress, along with Zeke’s longtime Sherpa friends.

Photos depicting the recent blessing ceremony of a Memorial Stupa honoring Zeke O’Connor and his more than 45-year legacy in the Khumbu region at the base of Mount Everest, Nepal.


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I can not think of anything that would have meant more to Zeke than this tribute located in the garden he loved and visited only a few years ago. It gives me and my family peace, knowing that his Sherpa family in Nepal is looking after him and his legacy

HOLD THE DATE → January 22, 2022
I invite you once again to travel virtually and join us for another fun and engaging Night In for Nepal, a Sherpa-inspired culinary evening which will be aired on January 22, 6:00–8:00 pm. If you haven’t already seen or responded to an Evite, please refer to the following message from our event committee, for details.

Dear Friends, What gift can you get for those hard to buy for people on your list? How about the gift of cooking and culture, while supporting a great cause?
We’re very excited to be hosting our Second Virtual Cooking Class with Chef Harry, in support of The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF), and we invite you to join us.

How: Purchase tickets through our website nightinfornepal.com
When: Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 from 6pm-8pm
What: We will be preparing a traditional hearty Sherpa soup known as “Shyakpa”
Where: Virtually – we will send you a zoom link closer to the event
Cost: $40 CAD per household (10% off for multi-ticket purchases until December 25th)

What you can expect at this event:

  • A unique opportunity to learn culinary skills and technique from talented chef, Harry Prosser
  • Ingredients and step-by-step cooking instructions in advance so it’s easy to follow along • An engaging, and informative look at The Zeke O’Connor School, including pictures and videos of the amazing students
  • A keynote address by Mountaineer, Speaker, and SEHF Board Member Peter Hillary
  • Another night to remember!!

Many thanks, we hope to see you and your friends for some great food and fun!! ‘

A Night In For Nepal’ Event Committee

Tickets to Night IN for Nepal may be purchased directly via this link: nightinfornepal.com

I thank you all for your continued support and wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.