EVERY Easter, Year 12 students at Island School embark on an expedition to Nepal. This year, two groups totalling 50 students set off to trek to Gokyo Peak and Everest Base Camp. The students were especially excited about going in 1993 as it was the 40th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's ascent of Everest. As luck would have it, some of the group saw Sir Edmund Hillary at Lukla Airstrip. While acclimatising at a small village called Namche Bazaar, a group of students discovered five little Tibetan boys sheltering in a temple. All of the children were suffering varying degrees of frostbite. The students carried the boys on their backs to the local medical centre and summoned the nurses accompanying them on their trek. The medical centre had scant supplies and so the nurses used some of the group's provisions to dress the little boys' feet. Sadly, one of the boys looked likely to lose a foot. Other members of the group ran to the hotel to find food for the children andsoon they were enjoying their first meal in seven days. It turned out that they had walked from Tibet with nothing more than cotton shoes, some without even the little protection that socks could provide. The students haggled with porters to carry the children to the nearest hospital, a two-hour walk away. Almost a week later, on their return from Gokyo, a few of the students met Mr George Band, a member of Hillary's 1953 party and a trustee of the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust Fund, who talked to them about the Trust and the work it does in Nepal. The students were so moved by their experiences in the country that they decided to organise activities to raise funds for the trust upon their return to school. A few day later they visited the Kunde Hospital to see the five boys they had earlier met under such sad circumstances. All were smiling, happy and most importantly, on the road to recovery. Even the youngster with the most severe case of frostbite was going to be all right. The students returned to school full of resolve to raise funds for the trust. The students held a Nepal Fund Raising Week, with activities ranging from food sales to a Sponsored Mini-trek. So far they have raised $22,300, a figure which is increasing every day.