Centacare 2012 Mera Peak Challenge – Why climb Mera Peak?
Every day Centacare’s clients and their families face significant challenges. Six South Australians have agreed to join us in the challenge of ensuring that Centacare can continue to provide high quality respite care to young people with an intellectual disability and their families at Auricht House. They will climb Mera Peak, a significant 6470 metre mountain in Nepal, to bring attention to their fundraising efforts.
One of the most pressing needs for families in South Australia, who have a member with an intellectual disability, is the provision of respite care. Across South Australia there is a grave lack of respite care available. In July 2005 Centacare opened its new respite service, Auricht House at Elizabeth North, for young people with an intellectual disability.
Auricht House is named in memory of the late Mark Auricht who had dedicated his 2001 Mount Everest summit attempt to Centacare and in particular supporting the establishment of the new respite service.
Centacare’s Disability Services currently supports over 70 families, in the north and northeast of Adelaide, with respite care for their family member with intellectual disabilities. The age range of those supported is 13-30 years. Auricht House offers overnight respite, weekday and school holiday activities. Respite provides opportunities for parents or carers to have a break from caring to spend time with other family members, and to recharge energy levels. Respite can allow parents and carers to maintain the caring role for longer, and can increase the overall quality of family relationships. For the individual with an intellectual disability, respite provides opportunities to socialise, try new things, and be independent from their family.
Ongoing fundraising is essential to meet the costs of running Auricht House and to expand the service to provide respite to more families more often.
Adventure Consultants – Mera Peak
We have chosen world class New Zealand based company Adventure Consultants to conduct the trip to the summit of Mera Peak in Nepal.
Mera Peak is gazetted as Nepal’s highest trekking peak and sits in a perfect position for the most magnificent panorama of Himalayan giants; Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Baruntse.
The journey starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, delivering the team directly to the Khumbu valley and the start of the exhilarating voyage through the Sherpa homeland. Initially the team will weave their way through arable fields, observing subsistence farmers tending their crops and animals. Later they climb through forests and small mountain villages on the way towards the mountain.
From Mera Peak Base Camp they establish a high camp from which to make the summit ascent. The climb is conducted over three days ascending glaciers that are mostly gentle in angle with the occasional steeper pitch. Towards the end of April the team will attempt to summit Mera Peak.
The rewards of the journey, coupled with the stunning views from the top, will make this a journey of a lifetime!