Updates from the #NepalEarthquake from someone on the ground!

Thoughts are with World Vision Australia staff member Matt Darvas today as he heads to one of the hardest hit areas by #nepalearthquake. Matt is in the heart of the epicentre near Gorkha and heading to the most remote villages in this region to offer supplies and support.

Donations can be made here to support the efforts of crews on the ground: 

Driving into Gorkha

Driving into Gorkha

You can hear him speaking on BBC radio about his experience in Pokhara. My team and I were there less than a month ago. A peaceful lakeside town now over run with casualties from this disaster.

“The ground shook for 3 minutes” @mdarvas descibes the aftershocks in Pokharabbc.in/1EFiywH #Nepalquake

Pokhara one month ago.

Pokhara one month ago.

Just can’t believe the destruction in ‪#‎Nepal‬‪#‎durbarsquare‬ ‪#‎patan‬yesterday. I was there in 2006. See the bell…. Now look around … Support @worldvisionaus to get aid to ‪#‎Nepalquake‬ ‪#‎nepalearthquake‬https://emergencies.worldvision.com.au/…

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I’ve been watching news and updates all day and it’s starting to really affect me now the severity of the situation. The reality of the devastation that people are living through is inconceivable. I stood in these locations a few weeks ago… and now these places are rubble. The death told is 3200 and counting. To hear from friends today living through this turmoil is heartbreaking.

We can do something, we can donate and support non profit organisations on the ground to provide relief and supplies to those most in need:

Donate Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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Some updates from Matt today:

Tune in for interviews today with updates from the situation in Nepal‪#‎Nepalearthquake‬. Some may broadcast LIVE or be included in a later news bulletin.

8:15am Nepal time, 12.30pm AEST – Eternity – Australian Christian newsonline interview

9:15 Nepal Time, 1.30pm AEST Sky News Australia

10:45 Nepal Time, 3pm AEST – Radio 2UE

11:30 Nepal Time, 3.45pm 702 ABC Sydney

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PM Schedule

12:45 PM Nepal Time, 5pm AEST ABC Statewide Drive Victoria

Follow Matt on Twitter @mdarvas

My heart goes out to Nepal after the devastation of the earthquake

Devastating news yesterday and further this morning as I learn that the country so close to my heart, Nepal, is in mourning. 1800 lives lost and counting as a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Kathmandu, Pokhara and other regions of Nepal. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones and the citizens of Nepal who are as we speak trying to manage the chaos.

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These beautiful historic cities now in ruins

It was just one month ago that I was in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp with World Vision Australia and Inspired Adventures. We loved exploring the city of Kathmandu and then trekking through the serene and peaceful mountains. Sadly it also looks like 18 people have died on Mt Everest due to an avalanche – part of the Base Camp was buried. The peaceful and comforting place for so many is now reminiscent of a war zone.

My team and I are so happy. My prayers are with those currently trekking in this region

My team and I are so happy. My prayers are with those currently trekking in this region

YOU CAN HELP!

World Vision Australia have set up a donations page for sending aid to the areas most affected. Organisations such as this need support in these times of need to help the people in these devastated countries.

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Issues/Emergencies/Current_Emergencies/7.9-magnitude-earthquake-kathmandu-nepal.aspx

Article here from The Guardian stated that 1000 people were killed. ABC News Australia have just declared it is in excess of 1800 and counting.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/25/nepal-earthquake-nation-worst-tremor-80-years-kathmandu-live-updates

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More information from World Vision Australia:

The Nepal government has declared a state of disaster and has committed to respond in 13 of the worst

affected districts, including Kathmandu. Hospitals have reportedly run out of wound management kits in

the capital and hospitals in districts are struggling. Five sites have been set up to help manage impacted

families and the Indian army has been called on to provide support.

More than 4 million people are thought to be in the affected area. WVIN is praying that the death‐toll

will not climb significantly higher overnight, that aftershocks will be minimal, children will be sheltered

and protected and that relief will come quickly to the people of Nepal following this powerful tremor.

Neighbouring India and Bangladesh also reported a number of deaths and injured due to the earthquake

‐ there are no reports of ADPs affected in either country at this stage.

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WVIN currently has 73 projects managed by 205 staff. WVIN currently works through 16 Area

Development Programmes in all five development regions including 10 of the 75 districts of Nepal.

Projects in earthquake preparedness are ongoing in Lalitpur district. WVIN supports 27,000 sponsored

children with sponsors from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland,

and Taiwan. WVIN operates a budget of USD 7.1 million including projects funded by DFAT, DFID and

WFP grants.

Quotes:

Sunjuli, World Vision Nepal staff member. Her son is 9 years old — “My son is very terrified. He

does not leave me and lays on my lap. Do not know what to do. I need to go inside the house —

don’t know if it’s safe — but it’s very cold here in the car.

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Some photos from my time there, it’s changed dramatically and I fear for the people in the massive efforts it will take to clean up! Visiting my sponsor child in Nepal, Kamala. Seeing my dear friend Sundar. And trekking with amazing guides to Base Camp. My prayers are with you all at this time

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The day I trekked to Everest Base Camp

This is what it feels like to reach Everest Base Camp ….

“3:20pm: We had done it! We reached Everest Base Camp. There was lots of emotion, tears flowing and hugs all round. Elation! Pure elation. We jumped, we lagged, we cried, we cheered, we were ecstatic! So many months of preparation and it was all worth it to be standing here at this pinnacle!!”

This is an excerpt from the blog I wrote for Inspired Adventures. You can read more about that amazing day trekking to the base camp of the World’s tallest mountain: http://blog.inspiredadventures.com.au/2015/02/25/everest-base-camp-trek-2015/

Here are some of my favourite photos from that incredible day!

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The Team reaching the pinnacle… Everest Base Camp ONE with World Vision Australia!

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This is an excerpt from the blog I wrote for Inspired Adventures and you can read more about our entire amazing #everestbasecamptrek2015 here: http://blog.inspiredadventures.com.au/2015/02/25/everest-base-camp-trek-2015/

Here are a few of my favourite photos of that magical day trekking to Everest Base Camp!

Visiting a World Vision sponsor child can change your life.

In 2008, I went to visit my World Vision Australia sponsor child Lazaro in Tanzania and I can say without a doubt it was the best day of my life. I shared this experience with my dear friend Alana Kaye and as another child sponsor, she wanted to also have this experience. In 2013, she achieved this dream and met her gorgeous little sponsor child in Honduras.

I shared her story on my blog Lovelly Communications and you can read the full story here:

Alana Kaye visits sponsor child in Honduras. 

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An excerpt from that article:

Of course nothing will ever take away from the moment that I met Velinda! Finally meeting someone in person that you have been writing to/ conversing with/ sending photos and updates with for years is an unbelievable feeling. Meeting Velinda made me cry, laugh and scream with joy. I was so happy to meet her in person!!! The experience was unbelievable!!! Overall, the whole day really blew me away. I didn’t realise that by just sponsoring one child that it can have such an impact on the whole community. I was overwhelmed with World Vision’s organisation and their attention to detail on the day and the way they had involved the whole community in my visit. They had been planning my visit to Marcala for 3 months and had made every effort to make it an incredible experience for Velinda and I. The whole day was simply phenomenal!

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In just a few days, I will be visiting my second sponsor child, Kamala in Nepal. I’ve been sponsoring her with my mother for 5 years and I am so thankful to World Vision Australia and World Vision Nepal for making this possible! I’ll also be taking on #everestbasecamptrek with Team World Vision Australia. 

I’m climbing to Mt Everest Base Camp on March 7, 2015. Sponsor me and support the work of World Vision Australia.https://everest2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-takes-on-the-best-trek-everest. You can follow our adventure on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hash tag #everestbasecamptrek2015 and by following @inspiredadvntrs on Twitter and the blog here.

Back to blogging – Vietnam, trekking training and sunny Sydney

It’s been a while…. but I’m back!

Again, I want to do regular posts, but I’ve had a short hiatus. I was Tour Leading with Inspired Adventures in Vietnam for #cycle4girls. An amazing experience with a team of women from Plan Netherlands. You can read more about it here:

http://blog.inspiredadventures.com.au/2014/12/23/cycle-for-girls-team-1/

When I head out on adventures, my time is focused on blogging on behalf of the team and sharing our amazing adventures. So I was still writing! Just in a different place – literally and online.

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Now I’m back it’s 100% focus on #everestbasecamptrek2015 with World Vision Australia and Inspired Adventures. I’m training all around Sydney and here are a few of my training pictures from around Sydney in the last few days.

World Vision #Everestbasecamptrek2015 training at Manly

World Vision #Everestbasecamptrek2015 training at Manly

Sydney has been amazing weather and I feel blessed to call this city home. After a few years away in Melbourne, I was more than ready to get back to the beaches and living in Coogee, it’s literally just around the corner!

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Looking forward to sharing my Sydney adventures and appreciating the small things. Live each day as if it were your last. Make the most of the world around you. And… SMILE!

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Training at Bondi

Training at Bondi

Supporting my Everest Base Camp Trek and promoting Healthy Living

Big thank you to Shawana Dillard Reisner of #LightenUpWithShawana who is helping me with my #Everestbasecamptrek2015 fundraising!

She’ll be promoting my cause and donating funds from her programs to the fundraising page. What a lovely idea, pay it forward. You can learn more about the trek and my fundraising here:
https://everest2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-takes-on-the-best-trek-everest

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Here is what Shawana has to share:

Life is full of beauty and everyday heroes. I was extremely inspired by Emma’s goal to climb Mount Everest, but I was even more impressed and touched by her efforts to help the communities of Nepal through her number one Charity World Vision Australia! Emma is using Focus T25 and P90X as part of her training to climb Mount Everest.

Because I love to pay it forward and help others through health and fitness I have decided to donate $10.00 for anyone who gets started on their fitness journey through me by purchasing a challenge pack. A challenge pack includes a workout program and 30 days’ supply of dense superfood all natural nutrition, a workout calendar, me as your personal coach, and 30 days to our website for free for extra fit tips and food ideas.

Shawana Dillard is Inspiring

Shawana Dillard is Inspiring

 

I will personally help you find the RIGHT workout program for your specific goals, help get you started on your journey, and help you reach your goals. You do not have to live locally, or be on social media, but it would be best if you have Facebook so you can partake (if you like) in one of my fun accountability groups for extra support, motivation, and fun. The groups help keep you going along your fitness journey. As your coach I will be there for YOU every step of the way.

If you want to get started on your fitness journey and pay it forward at the same time. You can contact me on:

Facebook at facebook.com/shawana.dillardreisner 

Email at: shawanadillard05@gmail.com
Website: www.lightenupwithshawana.com 

Huge thank you to Shawana for all her support thus far and really, I can highly recommend these amazing products! I’m getting fit and strong and can’t wait to take on Everest! 

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I’m climbing to Mt Everest Base Camp on March 7, 2015. Sponsor me and support the work of World Vision Australia. https://everest2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-takes-on-the-best-trek-everest. You can follow our adventure on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hash tag #everestbasecamptrek2015 and by following @inspiredadvntrs – www.inspiredadventures.com.au. Thank you for your support!!

 

For more photos of my adventures, please do follow me on instagram @Lovellyem and follow my Twitter account @ Lovellyinc.

My inspiring quote for my Everest Adventure

“It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” – Sir Edmund Hillary.

 

I have loved this quote for a long time but now it seems even more apt. I will be climbing to Everest Base Camp in March 2015. These words fill with me courage and determination. It truly is so much about mind over matter. We need a strong body, but if our mind is not on board, we simply cannot make it. Reaching the summit of a mountain is an incredible physical feat but the emotional and personal achievement will carry on long after that moment.

 

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My mother bought this shirt for me as she just said it was so me and the way I am living my life. Especially after having climbed a mountain in 2011, Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I also love rainbows and I love skiing and snowboarding so it makes even more sense! I wear this shirt with pride and always think of my training ambitions and my mum when I wear it.

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These words will power me on in those times where I feel weary, my muscles are aching and my emotions are setting in. This great man was first to reach the height of Everest with his dear companion, Tenzing Norgay, and I cannot wait to follow in his footsteps.

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Photo from http://blog.mailasail.com/beezneez/169 Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary.

 

I’m climbing to Mt Everest Base Camp on March 7, 2015. Sponsor me and support the work of World Vision Australia. https://everest2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-takes-on-the-best-trek-everest. You can follow our adventure on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hash tag #everestbasecamptrek2015 and by following @inspiredadvntrs – http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au. Thank you for your support!!

 

Training Walk in Monterrey, Mexico on Cerro de la Silla

Training Walk in Monterrey, Mexico on Cerro de la Silla

For more photos of my adventures, please do follow me on instagram @Lovellyem and follow my Twitter account @ Lovellyinc.

 

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