Sean Mooney's Everest Charity Climb



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.”

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).

Follow Sean on Twitter for updates at: @SeanPaulMooney.


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.


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!

Banner photograph courtesy of Flickr: Mahatma4711


GOAL: £15,000  ACTUAL: £9,195


GOAL: $15,000   ACTUAL: $19,302.05


GOAL: $15,000   ACTUAL: $10,960


GOAL: €15,000   ACTUAL: €500

Honour Roll

Estelle Merle - 100
Bryan Woon - 100
Anonymous - 1000
Sean the first chessboxer climb Everest :) - 100
Homer Simpson says all the best and take Everest down! - 100
Maxime Leclerc - 50
Matthew Straughen - 200
Anonymous - 50
Ed Pisano - 20
Grace Rosenius - 100
Joseph Mauro
Ossie Manners - 100
Christopher Skrelja - 50
Alex Von Moll - 500
Timothy Glynn - 15
Tom Baker - 100
Amy Sivill
Timothy Arlblaster
Maia Mathiseon
Arun Assumall
Danielle Dudelzak
Will Brownrigg - 50
Jennifer Redmond
Rhys Williams - 20
Shane Jackson - 50
Etienne Ogier
Daniel Culwick
Iain Lindsay - 50
Rohan Khurana - 200
Peter Goerzen - 150
Nael Noueiri
Leo Harris - 30
Dan Brooker
Richard Lester - 20
David Hooper - 200
Jeremy Peters
Henri Lecieux - 100
Nick Weinberg - 20
Ariel Perez - 250
Said Ghusayni
Holly Rose
Kelsey Emms
Vincent Marttin
Tamsin Egerton - 75
Marie Moloney
Sam Andrew - 100
David Freeland - 100
Lesley Tweedale
Eileen Needham
Robert MacIntyre
Anonymous - 75
Anonymous - 100
Sean Naylen
Angela Spadafora - 25
Anonymous - 40
Peter Mooney - 1000
David Bitton
Adrian Hamfelt
Julie Veenstra
Jamie Landon
Katrina Danielak
Adam Sinclair & RBW
Jayne De Luca - 100
Christopher Saliba
Elliot and Renee Mooney
Jacqueline Dupont - 300
Rob Pulkys - 1050
Heather Syme Anderson - 50
Sandra Taube Godard
Maria Gabriel
Jeff Pradinuk - 50
Erin Mooney - 50
Dimitar Shapov
Glenda MacInnis
Heather Smith
Mark Unruh - 25
Lindsay Bryson
Chris Gmiterek
Edgar Scheurer
Kevin Krikst
Jon Mazur - 100
Tim Browaty - 25
Tina Jones - 1000
Paul Kornelsen
John Zak - 200
Jason Leibert - 100
Ulug ‹nligil
Mandy Kasper
Martyn Daly - 100
Robert Cram
Paeta Lehn - 100
Edna Gretsinger - 200
Roberto Martinez
Macrus Blouw - 100
Jennifer Shields
Camille Kennedy
Arron Cook - 100
T. Vu - 100
Karen Sawatzky
Jennifer Sacco
Dani Duffy
Payal Doshi
Ashley Wiebe
Donating on behalf of Marley's 2nd birthday
Armin Martens - 2000
Marlene Watson
Rob Crowley
Kevin Schweertman
Marie Laporte - 50
Kait Snell - 50
Wanda Guenette
Congrats from Owen, Emett, Oliver & Ellis! - 150
Gorilla Jacks - 2610
Gavin McOuat
Eric Isaacson - 50
Scott Leckie - 50
Art O'Donnell - 200
Lisa & John Heimbecker
Jodian Self
Jennifer Blumenthal - 200
Joel Marcoux - 50
Jennifer Holmes - 100
Tammy & Michael Keane - 200
Kevin Van - 500
Wingman Management Corporation - 500
Nevin De Korompay - 100
Doug Brown - 100
Cordell & Kyle from West St. Paul Elementary School Room 44 - 202.61
Rob Henderson - 20
Lynne Skromeda - 100
Barry & Violet Miller - 100
David & Susan Unruh - 200
Suki Chhoeun, Madi Kinzel & Athlete Initiative - 825
Eilishrose & David Hazlitt
Anonymous - 500 
Ben Freeman
Jennifer Rowland
Tom Glanfield
Albert Song - 250
Anthony Kim - 200
Anonymous - 750
Scott Evans
Kristin Miller - 25
Brian Levine
Dan Marks - 50
Thomas & Amy Marks
Wanda Guardiola
Anonymous - 50
Matthew Bullough & Caitlin Oliver
Robert Putko
Ed Chang
Alex Kresovich
William Versfelt
Luca Cerretani
Alanna de Korompay
Craig Falkenhagen - 100
Diego Cassina
Jose Delgado
David Wolf
Kristamarie Pratt
Brian Kuritzky
Paul Mooney - 250
Pauletto Alexia
Emma Crean
Ruth O'Kane - 100
Bradley Mitchell