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The Mark Hughes Foundation’s Everest Challenge Team has just completed a grueling 120 kilometre hike to the base camp of one of the world’s most majestic and terrifying mountains.

nib Newcastle Knights’ players from the 1997 and 2001 grand finals have teamed up with Mark Hughes and friends on a 14-day trek to reach Everest Base Camp, as they aim to raise $500,000 in the search of a cure for brain cancer.

At time of writing, the team sits at an impressive $448,125, but are desperate to reach their final goal.


With the likes of Matty Johns, Danny Buderus, Kurt Gidley and Paul ‘Chief’ Harragon, the group has completed a monumental challenge, with altitudes of up to 5,545 metres and unpredictable weather conditions.

“All the team have been powering along the track well, there’s so much wonderful scenery and amazing towns and people along the way, you just don’t know where to look,” said Hughes.

“To reach our summit, all together, with everyone relatively fit and healthy is just incredible. We have felt the effects of the altitude, and I think we would all agree, this is one of the toughest experiences we’ve been through. But it’s also been the greatest adventure.

“The way I see it is, patients and families with cancer climb far harder mountains than this. This is nothing compared to what they are going through.”

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