Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Friday, September 18, 2020

Style at the Top of Mount Everest

Back in April Lake & Sumter Style reported on this website about a project spearheaded by Villager David van de Velde. Its purpose was to raise funds to rebuild the much-needed school building in the town of Thame. This small Nepal village is 12,500 feet from the base of Mount Everest and Sir Edmund Hillary built the original school. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in an earthquake in 2015.

Local doctor Pritha Dhungana, M.D., received her education at Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, in Kathmandu, Nepal. She and her husband, Dr. Sanjeev Bhatta, have also been involved with the school project for several years.

David sold flags to local businesses, organizations, and schools to raise the funds to rebuild. These flags were carried by Ang Sherpa to the top of the great mountain and the photo above was taken. As part of our continued community efforts, Style bought the flag in the photograph above, taken at the top of Mount Everest.

David says the beauty of the project is that it can continue for several years. It’s also an opportunity to get information about Tibet, Nepal, and the Sherpas who climb Mount Everest to local schoolchildren.

“This is a country in distress, and Americans are still good people. We can make an impact on that mountain from here,” Dr. Sanjeev says.