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Burien Attorney Tracy Codd returns from successful charity mission to Nepal


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Tracy and Michelle Codd on Ghami la Pass, near the end of their trek through Nepal’s Upper Mustang region.

Tracy and Michelle Codd pose with local villagers in Samar, Mr.

A Guide carries a suitcase filled with donated glasses through a village.

A villager in Kagbeni shows off his new eyeware.

Prayer wheels in Chussang are thought to bring good fortune to those who spin them.

Burien attorney W. Tracy Codd returned from Nepal’s Upper Mustang region recently after distributing donated eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Mr. Codd and his wife Michelle, a real estate broker with Windermere Real Estate, embarked on this journey under the sponsorship of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). The ACAP is managed by The King Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal’s leading non-profit, non-governmental environmental organization.

The Codds distributed approximately 1,000 pairs of adult eyeglasses, sunglasses and children’s glasses contributed by New Eyes, a charitable organization located in New Jersey with ties to the American Red Cross. Additional glasses were donated from friends and family in the local community. Mr. Codd told the Blog:

“The trip was a tremendous success. We were welcomed to Upper Mustang in Jomsom by the regional representative of ACAP. We distributed glasses in the remote villages of Kagbeni, Chhusang and Samar. Seeing the smiles of the children as well as the smiles of some of the elderly villagers was especially satisfying.”

The balance of the glasses not distributed were donated to The Mustang Community Eye Center in Jomsom. The Mustang Community Eye Center is affiliated with the Tiliganga Institute of Ophlamology, Nepal’s largest eye clinic.

Special thanks to Blanchet High School, Collins Chiropractic and Binyon Vision Center, both located in Burien as well as the Greenlake and Lakeview Windermere Real Estate offices for serving as collection points for the donated glasses.

According to Mr. Codd, Upper Mustang resident trekking guide Karma Samtuk Gurung, also called Karma Mustangi, was instrumental in the success of the venture:

“He was truly an ambassador for the venture. He knew people in every village and served as the principal translator between us and the villagers. At times the scene was quite chaotic. We owe him a great deal for his communication and leadership skills.”

Mr. Mustangi, featured in the New York Times is part owner of Karmon Treks and Himalayan Alpine Guides, one of the pre-eminent guide groups in Upper Mustang. Mr. Mustangi hails from the village of Samar, which was one of the Codds’ stops. Mr. Mustangi is also active in social causes of the Nepalese and was enthusiastic about the Codds’ project. After the project concluded, he told the Blog:

“This has been among the best projects I have ever been involved in. It was such a great idea. For me personally, giving happiness and smiles to the Mustang people through this social cause was fantastic. It has been a superb experience. It’s beautiful to serve and I feel I can get the joy and worth a value in my life when it comes to social work. It was a satisfying experience and fulfilled one of my life missions. The smiles of the kids, the blessings I received from the village elders and the words shared with them impacted me greatly. I’m thankful for those moments. It’s a drop of water but then that’s how the oceans are formed. Once again, on the behalf of all the people of Upper Mustang, a heartfelt thank you Tracy and Michelle.”

Mr. Codd also reserved praise for highly respected trainer Rueben Baca of Raw Fitness located in Burien. Mr. Baca had been training Mr. Codd for several months prior to the trek, with special emphasis on leg strength, cardiovascular capacity and sled work.

“Rueben’s regimen was perfectly suited for the challenges faced in Upper Mustang. We trekked over 75 miles over a ten day period, scaled ten mountain passes and reached altitudes as high as 13,500 feet. I’d recommend him to anyone who is looking for specialized training in preparation for trekking, mountain climbing, long distance running races or any other event requiring top notch physical fitness” Codd stated.

W. Tracy Codd is a Burien attorney with offices located in the heart of Burien at 427 SW 152nd Street, Burien, Washington 98166. He can be reached at 206-248-6152 or through his website at www.tracycodd.com

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  1. Scott Salzer says:

    Nicely done!

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