When Perth local Nicole Lewis was selected by her employer to participate in Trek Nepal 2019, she jumped at the opportunity. As someone who is regularly involved in physically demanding activities such as trail walks and mud runs, Nicole saw joining the Trek Nepal 2019 team as a way to expand her experiences while helping disadvantaged communities along the way.

The Trek Nepal 2019 team consists of 21 Computershare employees from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong who will embark on a trip of a lifetime, strenuously hiking for 6 days through the Annapurna Mountain Range in the Himalayas. With an ambitious fundraising target of AUD 143,000, they have dedicated extensive amounts of personal time fundraising for their trip. With Computershare covering all travel costs, 100% of the money raised will go towards the World Youth International School in Nepal, ensuring that it can continue to support the many local children who may not otherwise receive an education. The team will complete the trek with a welcome reception at the school where they will be able to see first-hand how their efforts are making a positive impact on the lives of the students, as well as the wider community.

A Relationship Manager at Computershare Australia, Nicole has been involved in many fundraising activities with her colleagues, including Trivia Nights, Go-Karting and Morning Tea’s. She has also been preparing for the journey by increasing her time at the gym, focusing more on cardio and strengthening her core and legs. As well as the gym, Nicole has been hiking every weekend.

I love a good hike. I completed a 100km trail walk a couple of years ago so I know what it is like to walk long distances. My favourite place to hike is in the Perth Hills; anywhere that has a mean incline.

Despite all Nicole’s training and preparation for the journey, she acknowledges there will be a number of challenges for her personally.

The most challenging aspect will probably be having to get up very early in the mornings. I am not the best morning person. While I am really looking forward to the beautiful scenery during the Trek, I have been warned I may experience a bit of culture shock. But I am going to embrace it, I love new experiences. I have really enjoyed fundraising for the children at the World Youth International School. I have developed an understanding and appreciation of where our donations are going and the extent of how our fundraising supports not only the children at the school but also allows the community from the surrounding areas to develop sustainably.”

The team commence Trek Nepal on 6 November. You can help them achieve their fundraising goal and improve children’s education in Nepal by donating here.

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