Tonight’s reception for the Himalayan Trust at Government House Auckland celebrated Everest Day – 29 May 2022 is the 69th anniversary of the historic conquest of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. It was just as much about Sir Ed's wonderful legacy - the Himalayan Trust. Peter Hillary reminded us how perfect our timing was, as his speech coincided with the moment when his father reached the summit. Ang Kaji Sherpa spoke about the education he received at one of the many schools built by Sir Ed, which then enabled him to pursue training as a mountain guide in the Himalayas. Sir Ed's Himialayan Trust has transformed communities with its ambitious programme of building schools and hospitals in the Solukhumbu Everest region.