Fundraising Challenges

Kathmandu Kids' holds its 5th successful cocktail party in Perth, WA (September 2014)

Kathmandu Kids put on their biggest event yet this year, raising over $55,000! Through the support of Kathmandu Kids we provide education scholarships for over 170 children, Nursery through to college, as well as a small sewing centre for their parents in the Kalimati slums in Kathmandu. The funding also enables us to provide over 500 children with warm tracksuits for winter.

Thank you again to Paul Cumming, 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.

Thank you for all your support!

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Wacky Racers’ raise $16,885 through their ‘Arch to Arc’ long distance team triathlon (June 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 Arch 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 see below PDF for details and let us know if you are up for the challenge!

We can also supply you with a copy of the Sunrise DVD (or you can use the one on the home page of our website), and we have some SCAI reps who may be able to come along and talk to the teachers and students, whatever is easiest for you!

Click here for the "Live like a Nepalese child for a week" challenge details

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for an Introduction to SCAI and our work in Nepal

Please contact for more details.

Over $30,000 raised through Sunrise Mountain Challenge! (October 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 kids 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.

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

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

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! (May 2011)

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 that 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