Rob Abernethy’s
Fundraising Cycle Across Nepal

for the Gurkha Welfare Trust 

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The Challenge

I am aiming to cycle approximately 2,200km across Nepal in January 2020. I will be unsupported throughout and estimate that it will take around 28 days. I am not new to endurance events and after an awful knee injury ended my career as a Gurkha Officer as well as a fledgling professional rugby career; I have slowly completed three Ironman events, swum from Corsica to Sardinia and almost rowed across the Indian Ocean. However, after 11 knee operations and my right knee having only 80% of normal power and functionality, this challenge is punching quite hard.

I am raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and in particular an individual school in the far West of Nepal.

Thanks for your support!  

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The route

All funds raised will assist in the rebuild of a school in Shree Prabha in the Gulmi District of West Nepal.


What the funding will support

Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with almost one quarter of its population living beneath the poverty line. In addition to this, Nepal has born the brunt of many recent natural disasters including earthquakes and landslides that further add to the urgent requirement to ensure decent education for future generations in this most beautiful of countries, home to the Himalayas and Mount Everest.

I am raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and in particular a school in the far West of Nepal.

All the funds I raise will go towards this specific school and in particular the following activities:

  • Demolishing unsafe classrooms

  • Providing 12 new classrooms

  • A new latrine block with separate loos for girls and boys

  • An expanded clean water supply on site

  • Better class interiors and improved library facilities

  • Better teacher training and teaching materials; and

  • A performance area built for student assemblies, performances and in extreme circumstances shelter in the event of an earthquake.

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Today’s students,
tomorrows leaders

All funds raised will assist in the rebuild of a school in Shree Prabha in the Gulmi District of West Nepal.


About the Gurkha Welfare Trust


What they do

We ensure that Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities are able to live with dignity in Nepal.


How they do it

We achieve this primarily through the provision of financial, medical and community aid. 

Our field arm operates through 22 Area Welfare Centres spread across traditional Gurkha recruiting areas in Nepal as well as one in India. 

We have around 400 staff working in the region. In the UK we offer advice and support to help the thousands of retired Gurkhas who choose to settle in the UK.


Who are the Gurkhas

The Gurkhas are soldiers from Nepal who are recruited into the British Army, and have been for over 200 years. Gurkhas are known to be as fearless in combat as they are good- natured in daily life. To this day, they remain renowned for their loyalty, professionalism and bravery.


Schools Programme

Our schools programme builds and repairs schools in remote regions of Nepal to improve access to education and in turn offer a better future to Nepali children.

As one of our longest running programmes, our schools have benefitted hundreds of remote villages.


Providing financial, medical and development aid

The Gurkha Welfare Trust provides welfare and support to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities in Nepal.