Friday, January 11, 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary has died

january 11 2007

Edmund Hillary, the first man who reached the top of the Mount Everest, has died at the age of 88 in New Zealand.

Before he succeeded he went to the Mount Everest with a British expedition to experience the conditions, and two years later he went again, together with sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
He reached the top at a height of 9.000 meters at may 29, 1953.

He was an adventurer. He went all over the world, including the south pole.
But he was also a great philantropist.

Sir Edmund Hillary never forgot the way the people treated him.
He often went back to help the Nepalese people building schools, for instance.

The Himalayan Trust was set up.
In over 30 years 20 schools were built, two hospitals, several medical clinics and two airfields.

I'll never forget the first time I saw him on TV.
He made clear that one always should persue a dream.
He did.

The world has lost one of its truly great men.

May he rest in peace.


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