Running up 'Everest' in Lockdown

$4,080 donated
Given by 90 generous donors in 27 days

Running up my driveway & street till I reach Mt Everest summit, raising funds for Gumboot Friday, supporting our young people in NZ.


It breaks my heart when I hear of another loved one of someone close to me taking their own life. The battle of depression and anxiety is so real, something I know from personal experience.

For so long I have asked myself what can I do, how can I support or help those who need it the most. I realised that in this moment I have the ability to move my legs, lockdown gives me the time, and the people in NZ battling with mental health daily give me the motivation.

So, my challenge this lockdown 4.0, is to run up my driveway & my street till I have reached the summit of Mt Everest, 8,849m high. Each lap I climb is 40 meters meaning a total of 221 laps is required. I will do 15 a day (600mt climbed & 8.1km run) reaching the summit on 09.09.2021. For me it is a physical challenge and also a mental challenge to not give up each day.

All donations received will go directly into the GUMBOOT FRIDAY FUND. Providing free care and counselling to our young people 5 to 25, 'stuck in the mud' on waiting lists.

I would do anything for those in my world and I feel grateful I can do this small thing for the ones I don't know. Please help me support our young people, anything you are able to donate it is so appreciated.

I shall do my best and do it with a smile...well...most of the time! hahaha :-)

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I reached the Summit!!!!  9 September 2021

Posted by: Debbie Miller

Oh my word we have raised so much more for Gumboot Friday then I had imagined, so stoked!! Thank you all so much for getting behind me on this, I am so grateful.

It felt kind of fitting that the last 2 days of my climb I have been caught in some heavy rain and some strong winds. Climbing 'Everest' has been a challenge for me for sure, but so worth it!

My sister & nieces surprised me sitting in there car at the top cheering me on & my crew in my bubble were there to cheer me on as well. Thanks mum, dad & Yvonne!

Video - Clearly not made by professionals, haha...

Photo - Had some final energy to jump for joy at the end! With a flag & my map of Mt Everest that I was so proud of :-)

Thank again


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Louise 5 days ago
You're amazing Debs!!
Sally 7 days ago
Congratulations Debbie
Leigh and Dave
Leigh and Dave on 14 Sep 2021
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Guest Donor on 12 Sep 2021
Yvonne Michael Anne
Yvonne Michael Anne on 11 Sep 2021
Hope it wasn't too cold for you. You don't look dressed for Everest! From Yvonne Riley and Michael and Anne Riley

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