Subang Jaya, 16 March — Andaman has always put priority on charity and CSR campaigns. Sometimes becoming organizer and sometimes co-organize multiple size of CSR and charity events. This time around, Andaman will jointly sponsor the first member of Lions Clubs International to endeavor complete the expedition climb to the highest peak of the world.
This is part of activities organized in conjunction of Lions Clubs International 100th anniversary. Organized by Lions Clubs International District 308B1, the Lions Mount Everest Expedition 2016 aim to raise the environmental awareness among public, and manifest the spirit of Malaysia Boleh.
Age is not a boundary and difficulty for 68-year-old Lions Club Member James C.M. Lee. Nearly seventy years of age but, nonetheless, still enthusiastically and ambitious, Lee is ready to conquer the 8848 meters Mount Everest. If successful, he will make the record as the oldest man in South-East Asia and first Malaysian Chinese to climb the incredible peak of Mount Everest, and mark a record in the Malaysia Book of Records.
“The expedition is really challenging, even though he is of relatively old age, Lee still spared no effort to protect the environment, and has been practicing to raise awareness on the issue of climate change” said Dato’ Sri Dr. Vincent Tiew, Managing Director of Andaman Group.
The reason Andaman decides to be the only property developer sponsor for the programme is because of company philosophy of always thinking outside the box. The Andaman team has always being pushing the limit and applauds the Lions Club effort to create such meaningful campaign and record.
Lee is a mountain climbing enthusiast with more than 20 years experience; he has successfully conquered more than 20 mountains, i.e. Mount Kinabalu, Indonesia’s Mount Rinjani, Japan’s Mount Fuji and Nepal’s Mount Ama Dablam etc. He has also climbed up to Mount Kinabalu 16 times, including completing the World’s highest Via Ferrata and scaling to Mount Kinabalu Low’s peak in record time of 2.5 hours for veterans.
He said that to reach the top of Mount Everest has been a dream, and he has been undergoing a series of training every day, jogging for at least 20km with weight bearing of 18kg and changing his diet.
The expedition to the summit will take 70 days. Lee will depart to Kathmandu, Nepal on 30th March; he will go through series of special training and slowly acclimatize to the high altitude. He is expected to begin the trek in early June.
For him, the biggest challenge will be the “death zone” which known as high altitude atmosphere above 7000m, where due to the lack of oxygen, it’s for climbers beings unable to recover physically. In other words, he has only two to four days to reach the peak and descend.
The total cost for the expedition amounted to US$85,000, the organizing committee managed to gather the contributions from public through various activities, including funding from the Prime Minister’s Department.
“In conclusion, Andaman has always adopted indifferent strategies and hopes this climb will be smooth and successful. The spirit of Malaysia Boleh must be upheld” said Dato’ Sri Dr. Vincent Tiew.
More details on Lions Mount Everest Expedition 2016, visit the blog www.lionsmounteverestexpedition.wordpress.com.