Sona Sherpa Memorial Fund

 

Sona Sherpa leading a CAT trek to Mera Peak 2004

Sona Sherpa leading a CAT trek to Mera Peak 2004

A Memorial Fund has been set up to support the young family of Sona Sherpa, a Sirdar and Climbing Sherpa with Community Action Treks (CAT), who tragically lost his life on the evening of Saturday 22nd June at Nanga Parbat base camp, Pakistan.

Sona was one of ten climbers from an international climbing party shot by Taliban militants. He had worked with CAT for ten years, and was a popular and respected Sirdar and climber. He was as equally at home leading parties on trekking peaks for CAT as he was climbing the South West Face of Everest on South Korean expeditions.

He leaves a wife and two young children. In launching the memorial fund Doug Scott said “Our hearts go out to his wife and his four year old and one year old sons. CAN has set up a memorial fund to help Sona’s family provide for his young children. He was a loyal and well liked Sirdar with Community Action Treks and I’m sure many of our trekkers will wish to help support Sona’s family as they face their future without him. We have already received some generous donations, which will be of some comfort to the family”.

The fund will be held and managed directly by Community Action Nepal at the request of Sona’s brother Tshiring Dorje Sherpa, who has also led many CAT treks as a Climbing Sirdar. All money sent to the fund will be ring fenced for the support of Sona’s family, with no deductions made for administration costs.

How to contribute to the Sona Sherpa Memorial Fund:

BY CHEQUE: Please send a cheque payable to ‘CAN’, enclosing a note specifying that it is for the Sona Memorial Fund. To increase your donation if applicable, enclose a completed Gift Aid Declaration form. Click here to download a Gift Aid form: Post to: Community Action Nepal Stewart Hill Cottage Hesket Newmarket WIGTON Cumbria CA7 8HX

DIRECT BANK TRANSFER: If you prefer to make a direct bank transfer please contact our office for details Tel: 01768 484842 or email info@canepal.com

Thank you for your support.

The gallery below features photographs of Sona, his wife Doma and children Pema Rnji and Pemba Dorje. Please click images to view full size.

Thank you to Sona’s brother Tshring and  CAT trekker Steve Jeffrey for use of the photos.

UPDATE on the Memorial Fund   15th Oct 2013

Donations and support for the Sona Sherpa Memorial fund, following his tragic death in a terrorist attack, continue to be received at the CAN office.  CAN is now confident that the target of £7,500 (10 Lakh NRs) will be reached. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the fund. Your generosity and support is greatly valued by Sona’s family.

Arrangements have been made for an initial payment to Doma  (Sona’s wife) to help her meet immediate needs of the family. Careful consideration is being given to how the remaining funds can be best used to ensure a long term benefit for the family.

Other mountaineering organisations  have also pledged (or have already contributed) support to Sona’s family including the Korean Mountaineering community, with whom Sona undertook some of his 8000 metres climbs,  the Nepalese Mountaineering Association, the BMC and the UIAA.

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