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Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - Photo: TIM HAWKINS

Cromwell teenagers Hugh Cocks, stand­ing left, Bryn Gib­son, Jonathan Streeter, Will Har­ri­son, Elsa Man­ner­ing, Jonathan Smith, Dave Bor­rie and Will Dou­glas, seated left, and Leroy Bird (Ab­sent: Car­lin Su­grue), are fundrais­ing for a trip to the Hi­malayas next year. Sa­gar­matha, a new wine la­bel mean­ing Ever­est in Nepalese, has been launched to help. Sale pro­ceeds from two pre­mium Cen­tral Otago wines, Sa­gar­matha Pinot Noir and Sa­gar­matha Pinot Gris will go to Phortse School in the Solukhumbu Dis­trict deep in the Hi­malayas, which the students will pass through on their 21-day trek from Gokyo Val­ley via Chola Pass to Ever­est Base Camp. Their trip marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the first as­cent to Mount Ever­est by the late Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary in 1953. The visit to the Ever­est re­gion was in­spired by the school motto “Whaia te trau­mata – Pur­sue the High­est Peaks” and ‘‘De­serve Suc­cess’’. Par­tic­i­pa­tion will count to­wards the students’ Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Hil­lary Awards. Sa­gar­matha wine or­ders can be made through Cromwell Col­lege, or the ex­pe­di­tion web­site www.ebc2013.co.nz.

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