Sean Mooney, an Associate in the commodities division at Goldman Sachs in London, England, will attempt to summit Mount Everest this spring to raise awareness and funds for Right To Play.
Sean grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and spent most of his childhood on the soccer field. He was first introduced to Right To Play as a teenager when his parents made a donation to the organization in his name for his birthday.
“I was impressed by the philosophy of this charity which uses sports to teach, empower and enrich the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world," he says. "Given the integral role sports played in my personal development, I recognized the transformative potential of Right To Play’s goal.”
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Sean played soccer as an undergraduate at Cornell University before starting his career in finance. Since graduating, he has participated in various charity endurance races and sporting events. Highlights include the Enduro Challenge ultra distance triathlon from London to Paris, the Fight For Independence boxing event, and becoming the inaugural ‘Battle of the Bankers’ Chessboxing Champion (watch highlights here).
Sean's trek up Mount Everest begins March 30th, 2013 and ends June 3rd, 2013. He will be travelling with the Peak Freaks 2013 expedition. You can learn more at the Peak Freaks blog.
When asked why he wanted to climb Everest, Sean referenced the following quote from George Mallory:
“People ask me, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is of no use.' There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for."
Sean said he was inspired to set an ambitious fundraising goal for this expedition in part by his friend, former college teammate and current Goldman Sachs colleague, Brian Kuritzky. Brian has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity over the past five years completing physical challenges including an Ironman without training, the Empire State Building stairclimb and the Wall Street Decathlon. To read more about Brian's inspirational story click here.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
By sponsoring Sean's summit attempt you are helping Right To Play use the power of sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease.
Sean was raised in Canada, attended university in the United States, the majority of his extended family live in Ireland, and he works in the United Kingdom and therefore has sought to inspire some friendly competition between his homelands to determine which country can donate the most! Get started today!
- If you live in the United Kingdom and would like to donate in GBP, please click here to support Sean
- If you live in Canada and would like to donate in CAD, please click here to support Sean
- If you live in the United States and would like to donate in USD, please click here to support Sean
- If you live in Ireland or The Eurozone and would like to donate in EUR, please click here to support Sean
Let's help Sean reach the top of Everest for a good cause!
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