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Himalayan mission for brain illness survivor from Otley
3:03pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A man from Otley who was given a second chance at life after surviving a serious brain illness as a 13-year-old is travelling to the Himalayas to raise money for disadvantaged children in Nepal.
Justin Smallshaw, a former Prince Henry’s pupil, suffered from suspected meningitis as a young teenager and since recovering has always felt he wanted to help others in need.
Now the 30-year-old, who moved to Australia in 2006, is aiming to do just that by raising money for The Khagandra New Life School, a school for disadvantaged children in Kathmandu.
The passionate mountain climber will raise the money by returning to the Himalayas in November to climb Tharpu Chuli, a 5,663m peak in the Annapurna region, in preparation for a 2014 expedition to summit Ama Dablam.
Justin, who has two children, a three-year-old son Torrez and four-year-old daughter, Myah, with his Australian wife Olivia, said: “This school like many other establishments in Nepal, is short of supplies, materials and has recently been considered as inadequate for schooling children.
“Unfortunately, the school receives no government funding which makes it very difficult if not impossible to improve the current facilities. The Khagandra New Life School is hoping to build a secondary building so that they can continue to educate local children.”
Justin, who leads a real estate office in the north of Brisbane, is hoping to raise funds to help with the costs of the build and will be visiting the school to personally donate all the money raised.
He added: “If you wish to be a part of this and help to create opportunities for underprivileged children, please email: email@example.com “The smallest of things can make the biggest difference. “ Justin is being supported by his family back in Otley, including his parents Trevor and Michele Smallshaw, brother Kristian Smallshaw and twin sisters Bethan and Cerian, former Otley carnival queens.