UAE-based Maria Conceicao Successfully Climbs Mount Everest for Charity!
Give it up for UAE-based Portuguese
philanthropist Maria Conceicao! Eight weeks after leaving the UAE and battling
through harsh environment and freezing weather conditions, Maria successfully reached
the top Mount Everest on Tuesday, 21 May 2013.
Maria’s ascent to the top of the
world was strictly to raise funds and awareness to help improve the lives of
the impoverished children of Bangladesh.
Maria, Founder of the Maria
Cristina Foundation, said: “I am deeply honored and humbled by the overwhelming
support I have received from friends, family, the people of the UAE and across
the world. My ultimate goal is to inspire people to take on the fight against
poverty and rid the world of this disease. Once I reached the summit all the
physical, emotional and psychological stress that I endured was completely
worth it as I strongly believe that more people will now join me to give the
children and people of Bangladesh an opportunity to live better lives from now
Of course it was a super challenging ascent to the top. Maria experienced nausea, dizziness and
loss of appetite when scaling Mount Everest. She was lucky to have not
experienced frostbite, hypothermia, extreme sunburns or broken bones - which
usually occurs to climbers that attempt this challenge. However the journey is
not over yet as she now begins her descent through the same harsh sub-zero
Maria is scheduled
to arrive in Dubai during the first week of June 2013 and will continue her
battle against poverty.