8:30 a.m., April 11)
Hospital group departs for Himilayas
group of physicians, professionals and business leaders representing the Montfort
Hospital are heading to Katmandu, Nepal this weekend where they will set out on
a three-week trek to Mount Everest to help raise money for a new scanning machine
for the surgery department.
The 23-member group will be led by veteran Ottawa climber Ben Webster who will
be making his sixth trip to the roof of the world.
group is entirely made up of amateur climbers, including Monftort CEO Dr. Bernard
Leduc, who have been training for the expedition for several weeks now. The expedition
will take the trekkers to the Mount Everest base camp which is 5,357 metres above
the way they will present a cheque for $50,000 to the Lukla Hospital in Nepal
which traditionally provides medical services to the numerous expeditions that
come to Mount Everest every spring. The hosipital also serves the local community
in the Khumba Valley which has one of the highest infant and mother mortality
rates in the world.
Hospital Foundation president Christine Sigouin says the trekkers have been preparing
for weeks exercising on their own and going on group outings to the Gatineau Hills
and Lake Placid.
Dr. Leduc, Montfort Foundation board members Francois Lortie and Albert Bourdeau
are also heading to the Himilayas.
of the public can follow the expedition's progress at http://blogfondationmontfort.com/
where you can also donate on-line.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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