Canadian Veterans Climb in Himalayas

Dear Friends,

I have committed to summit the 21,000 foot Island Peak above Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas this October with a group of wounded Canadian veterans. 

I am one of the group’s sponsors, and we are each underwriting the costs for a soldier to join the expedition – our March to the Top. We’re going to the roof of the world to show what’s possible with support and commitment. Here’s the team that’s going to attempt the summit:


And here’s a short video put together by the injured soldiers about the expedition:

We spent a week on the Columbia Ice Fields in Jasper National Park training as a team for our expedition this summer. It was a great opportunity to get to know the soldiers and learn about their experiences. I am so impressed with the veterans I have met and the sacrifices they and their families have made. I am asking for your help in supporting them and their peers in this next stage of their lives and careers. They have done their part for us, and now they need our help to resume their lives and careers as fully as possible. 

There are over 2100 Canadian soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty in recent years. The goal of this expedition is to help them to lead full lives. The sponsors are underwriting the expedition, so all money raised can go to fund work being done to rehabilitate wounded soldiers. 

If you would like to help me support this cause, please click on the following link: 

If your company would like to explore a corporate donation, please let me know.

If you would like to learn more about the expedition, please follow this link:

Finally, the CBC is documenting the soldiers’ stories and the expedition in a major multimedia campaign on the prime time and documentary networks as well as the CBC’s and National Post’s digital media platforms. For those of you in Canada, the first prime time show will air October 15th, “A Proper Sendoff” hosted by Canadian singer, song writer and civilian climber Paul Brandt. The program documents the training camp in Alberta. The second prime time show, a two part documentary capturing our Himalayan journey titled, “A March to the Top” airs in January 2013.

Here’s the CBC’s multi-media web site that covers our training and the expedition to the Himalayas and their trailer for the documentary airing in January:


Thank you in advance for your consideration and thank you for your interest in learning about our expedition.

All the best,

Steve Dowd


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