Our Past Fundraising Challengers

Kathmandu Kids holds its 10th successful cocktail party in Perth, WA (2018)

Kathmandu Kids put on yet another hugely successful event in 2018, again raising over $50,000! Kathmandu Kids are the proud and very dedicated supporters of one of our Education Scholarship Programs in Nuwakot district, which supports 200 children and their families with school expenses, child protection and capacity building activities and income generation support. Prior to this program, they sponsored the education scholarship programs in Jhapa district and the Kalimati slums in Kathmandu for many years, which included a sewing centre to train and help generate income for parents.

Thank you again to Paul Cumming, Graham Dwyer, Mike Dworkin and the whole team of volunteers who put the event together, and the host of very generous guests and donors who, through providing the venue, the auction prizes and other forms of support, ensure the night is always a great success.

Wacky Racers raise $16,885 through their ‘Arch to Arc’ long distance team triathlon (2014)

The ‘Wacky Racers’ team, made up of Tim Drury, Darren Ingram, Ian Rogers, Mike Atwell, Tania Atwell and Andrew Garrett raised a huge $16,885 through their completion of the very challenging team race “Enduroman Arch to Arc 2014” in June 2014. The team of 6 ran from Marble Arch to Dover, swam the English Channel and then cycled to Paris. Facing some challenging weather conditions particularly during the swim, the Wackies, who were officially the oldest team to complete the event, did an amazing job.

Well done and thank you!


“Live like a Nepalese child for a week” fundraising challenge for school kids!

Thank you to all the children who participated in the “Live like a Nepalese child for a week” fundraising challenge from Pembroke College in Adelaide and Haileybury College in Melbourne. The children, with the kind support of their teachers, friends and family raised over $2300 and $4000 respectively.

This fundraising opportunity for school children in Oz and afar is simple and fun for everyone involved! In brief:

  1. The children select one of 3 challenges they will take on for a week
  2. Parents sign the form agreeing to supervise the challenge
  3. The children get friends, family, neighbours to sponsor them!

Please contact emma@scai.org.au if you’re school is interested in taking part in the challenge in 2019!


Over $30,000 raised through Sunrise Mountain Challenge! (2013)

In early October 2013 a group of 10 very enthusiastic teenagers from Sunrise took on the “Sunrise Mountain Challenge” to help raise funds for 2 new homes for Sunrise and emergency rescue children. Basudev (Roshan), Ganesh, Bishnu, Buddhiman, Mansingh, Lal, Mangaldas, Chham, Niraz and Shankerman successfully met the challenge which was to complete a 9-10 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in 7-8 days (whilst ensuring there are no problems with altitude). It was not always easy but they battled on with smiles on their faces each day, hiking up and down mountainous pathways, through drizzle, for an average of 7-8 hours per day, with one day being 13 hours! The teens carried their own backpacks and were closely supervised by two Sunrise reps, a qualified guide and a porter in case they needed any assistance.

We are thrilled to share that we raised over $30,000 thanks to many very generous people.

Ryan Hill’s gruelling race across the Sahara Desert! ( 2011)

Ryan Hill raised almost $40,000 for Sunrise racing across the Sahara Desert.

In an unbelievable physical and mental pursuit, Ryan Hill set off on the 1st October for a 250km race across the Sahara Desert in Egypt. The race started in the Valley of the Whales and ended at the Great Pyramids of Giza. The race consisted of 4 x 40km stages, a 1 x 80km stage and a 10km stage on the final day. The race is fully self-supported apart from water and accommodation in a tent, which means everything else has to be carried. Battling physical injuries in addition to the strain of the event itself, Ryan thankfully made it back in one piece, albeit very tired and sore!

As if he didn’t have enough on his plate with his training for the event, Ryan very kindly took the time to build awareness of Sunrise amongst his friends and colleagues and as a result of his tremendous efforts and their generosity, raised almost $40,000 for Sunrise.

If you would like to read more about the race or Ryan’s blog, please go to http://www.4deserts.com/sahararace.

Edrington Group HK Ltd’s Virtual Rugby World Cup competition win!

Ryan did not stop there! He and his company, Edrington Group HK Ltd, then nominated Sunrise as their charity to receive proceeds from winnings from “The Moodie Report Virtual World Cup” competition. 11 teams participated and raised a total of $33,000 for charity. Under the rules the pot is split two ways – 50% to the winner of the virtual competition (won by Scotland – Edrington Group) and 50% to the winner of the actual World Cup (New Zealand) sponsored by The Moodie Report. Sunrise was therefore the very lucky beneficiary of a further $16,500!

Thank you Ryan for your inexhaustible support and dedication!


Paul Hameister’s incredible summit of Mount Everest! (2011)

Paul Hameister took on the challenge of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest, raising over $25,000 for Sunrise.

Paul Hameister, a property developer from Melbourne with a unique drive for extreme challenges, was the first climber to summit Mount Everest in 2011. After 9 months of intensive training, 45 days on the mountain acclimatising, and a final 6 day climb from base camp, he successfully reached the summit at 8848m!

As expected, the climb was extremely challenging and at times extremely dangerous; only the very next day an experienced Japanese climber died and many others were left with frostbite injuries requiring amputation after the weather unexpectedly turned. Despite knowing the dangers and having faced several near death experiences throughout his life, Paul and his very big heart confidently took on the challenge of Everest, succeeded and raised over $25,000 for Sunrise!

We would sincerely like to thank Paul and all the people who donated money to Paul’s cause. Through your generosity, we have been able to continue the sponsorship of over 90 children throughout Kathmandu for at least 18 more months.

Congratulations again on this incredible achievement Paul!

If you would like to read more about Paul and his inspiring journey, please read the article at http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/well-read-article-display/Climbing-with-the-highest-of-motives/4166.