About The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, a mountaineer from New Zealand, summited Mount Everest in Nepal with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. But Sir Edmund’s summit of Mount Everest is only the start of this story. It was his interaction with the Sherpa people of Nepal, including his trekking partner, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, that created a lifelong bond and respect for their culture and a mission to help them help themselves. When Sir Edmund Hillary met Zeke O’Connor, a former Toronto Argonauts Football player, in 1972, he imparted his love of the Sherpa people onto him. Sir Edmund and Zeke have left this earth but their legacy lives on, in part, through the work of The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. With the leadership of President Karen O’Connor, the foundation continues to make a difference in Nepal in the areas of Healthcare, Education and the Environment. To learn more, please visit The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation.