It is not every day that your employer asks whether you would like to take a break from the office to instead trek the Himalayas, but that is exactly what happened to Brisbane local, Rachel Sakurai, one of the 21 Computershare employees participating in Trek Nepal 2019.

The Trek Nepal 2019 team consists of 21 Computershare employees from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong who will embark on a trip of hiking for six days through the Annapurna Mountain Range in the Himalayas. With Computershare covering all travel costs, all money raised will go towards the World Youth International School in Nepal, ensuring that it can continue to support the many local children who may not receive an education.

Having traveled there five times previously, Rachel hopes this trek will give her colleagues more perspective and a greater appreciation for the struggle others face in life.

“I’m so privileged to work for an organization that genuinely cares for humanity and dedicates time to focus on key initiatives that drive positive change outside the world of business. When the chance to go back to Nepal came up, it was a no brainer for me – the opportunity to experience my favorite place with my colleagues is something I will always treasure,” Rachel said. “Nepal is a place of smiling faces, happiness and joy, but behind all the smiles there is so much opportunity to transform disadvantaged communities and provide greater infrastructure and learning pathways.”

While Nepal’s overall poverty rates have decreased over the past decade, two-thirds of its children are still deprived of at least one of the seven basic human needs. With 40 percent of Nepal’s population under the age of 18, providing support to educate and empower Nepalese children is vital, so they can develop the skills to grow into self-sufficient adults.

“Nepal experiences many development challenges and a large proportion of the population live below the poverty line. Congratulations to Rachel and the rest of the Trek Nepal 2019 team of Computershare employees on making the commitment to participate in this wonderful adventure,” says Terry Hoey, World Youth International Operations Manager.

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