Sunday, November 6, 2011

David Glavind: Climbing Everest for Himalayan Natives

Name: David Glavind
 
What is your job? I am a Blacksmith , and also work for the largest Outdoor Sporting Goods retailer in Canada
 
What social causes are most important to you? The social causes closest to my heart are the plight of Native Americans here on this continent, and the plight of the Tibetan people and others who live in the Himalayan region, who have lived under Chinese rule since the 50’s.
 

What charity do you support – and how?  I support a foundation here in Canada called the Sir Edmond Hillary Foundation. This foundation supports a hospital, clinics and schools in Kunde (a Sherpa village just north of Namche Bazaar, Nepal  as well as a new high school being built now Phaplu (a town in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal). The foundation provided education grants, so the hospital is now staffed by native Nepalese doctors and nurses.
 
Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? I am a climber and Alpinist and have always loved the mountains. This led to a love of the people there and their plight as I learned about the Himalayas and Tibet in particular.
 
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Yes, they can support Himalayan people and Tibetans displaced and living in Nepal or India. I am part of a team of climbers that are planning an ascent of Mount Everest in 2015. This team will be lead by three Native Sherpa guides:  Apa Sherpa, recognized as one of the greatest living mountaineers, has participated in many Everest expeditions and has reached the summit a Guinness book record of 23 times; Ang Dorje Sherpa (who has summited Everest 15 times) and Mingma Tenji Sherpa.  We have made a commitment to raise one million dollars for the Sir Edmond Hillary Foundation. The expedition costs are borne by us and all funds raised are going to the Foundation .
 
How would you define social responsibility? It is giving in any way we can . Sometimes it is enough in a kind word or gesture that may make a difference in someone's life.
 
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social beliefs?   I have a complete back piece and a panther over my heart. These pieces for me (as most are animals and birds) are guides which share and help us through our walk and journey here in these times and align with Native thought and Tibetan Bon practices . 

 

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