KENT, WASHINGTON, USA and KATHMANDU, NEPAL—May 23, 2013—Sherpa Adventure Gear is pleased to announce that it is supporting the Gift of Sight Expedition which is currently underway in Nepal. Eye care professionals and supporting staff—sponsored by New York-based Dooley Intermed International—are providing free eye examinations, eyeglasses and cataract surgery to villagers in the region. By the end of the expedition on May 29th, the team expects to serve 1,000 villagers who live far beyond the reach of health care. The expedition and its successes can be followed at http://www.dooleyintermed.blogspot.com/.
Sherpa Adventure Gear has outfitted the entire expedition team of over thirty people with rainwear, fleece jackets and hats. Most of the company’s apparel is manufactured in Nepal.
Scott Hamilton, the Dooley Intermed Director and Vice President of Asia Programs, is leading the expedition. Medical professionals from the Himalaya Eye Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal and five other international eye care specialists are assisting with comprehensive screening exams, refraction, prescription eyeglasses, and cataract and ophthalmic surgery.
Also joining are 16 monks and senior students from a local monastic institute who serve as the advance team to reach potential patients and serve as tri-lingual translators and ambassadors.
Hamilton has worked for over two decades in Nepal, organizing research, humanitarian and eye care outreach, including Dooley Intermed’s 2011 Gift of Sight expedition to another area of Mustang. That effort was documented in the film Visions of Mustang, created by Daniel Byers and produced by Skyship Films.
According to Hamilton, an estimated 80% of blindness in Nepal is avoidable or curable. A leading cause of blindness is due to cataracts, which can be repaired. There are also many young and old that suffer from easily corrected vision problems that are not costly: just $100 provides prescription eyeglasses to ten patients. Just $25 provides a single eye cataract surgery and lens implant, according to the Dooley Intermed International website. Donations can be made at http://www.dooleyintermed.org/.
About Dooley Intermed International
Dooley Intermed International (www.dooleyintermed.org) is a New York-based not-for-profit dedicated to providing crucial assistance to those who lie beyond the reach of traditional healthcare. It has been aiding the people of Nepal for 50 years. It is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-sectarian, non-political, private voluntary organization receiving its financial support entirely from private contributions.
About Sherpa Adventure Gear
In the highest reaches of the Himalayas, the Sherpa people lead the world in mountaineering with warmth, grace and good humour. Tashi Sherpa—upon discovering that his uncle was on Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated 1953 expedition to the summit of Everest—founded Sherpa Adventure Gear in 2003 in this spirit, to honour his people by creating the best quality outdoor apparel made in Nepal. The company employs hundreds in Kathmandu and Nepal at its headquarters, stores and manufacturing operations. Marketing and North American sales and distribution is based in Kent, Washington. A portion of every sale benefits the education of Sherpa children through the Paldorje Education Fund, an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable arm the company established in May 2012. For more information, visit www.sherpaadventuregear.com.
Media Contact for Sherpa Adventure Gear:
Boo Turner, Footloose Communications
Media Contact for Gift of Sight Expedition/Dooley Intermed International
Jeff Blumenfeld, Blumenfeld and Associates PR