For 15 days, from April 22 to May 6, a dedicated group of Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) supporters will embark on Trek Everest – a journey from Kathmandu, Nepal, through the Himalayas up to Base Camp on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. This year’s trek celebrates the 65th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hilary’s ascent to the top and the group will be joined by his son, Peter Hilary.

Funds raised through the trip will outfit a much-needed operating room at MSH. In addition, the journey will make a difference in helping to rebuild Nepal. While there, medical professionals from the expedition will volunteer at a local hospital recently devastated by a severe earthquake.

Brad Morris, MSH Foundation Board chair, expressed his excitement about the upcoming trek and the importance of fundraising to support the hospital.

“The government cannot fund all priority equipment and technology needs at Markham Stouffville Hospital,” he said. “Community support is what drives innovation and enables continued growth.

“We’re especially honoured to recognize the lead sponsor of Trek Everest, Flato Development Inc. and Shakir Rehmatullah. At his core, Shakir is an individual who advocates putting society first, understanding that building communities is much more than just building homes. He believes in making a real difference in the community where he builds and his philanthropic efforts reflect this deep-rooted sense of responsibility.”

Main photo:  Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation Board chair Brad Morris and CEO Suzette Strong show their appreciation to Shakir Rehmatullah of Flato Development Inc. for being the lead sponsor of this year’s MSH trek. Members of the trek team join the celebration.