Port Stephens Council’s Stephen Crowe treks Everest for Mark Hughes foundation

Stephen Crowe, Matt Gidley, Mark Hughes, Kurt Gidley and Danny Buderus on the trek of a lifetime.
Stephen Crowe, Matt Gidley, Mark Hughes, Kurt Gidley and Danny Buderus on the trek of a lifetime.


WE’D like to introduce Stephen Crowe. Stephen works at Port Stephens Council in Raymond Terrace.

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Stephen Crowe is passionate about Port Stephens and told News Of The Area, “I love the diversity of Port Stephens, from the Rural West to the Tomaree Peninsula, there are so many different places to get to know.”

Stephen believes that Port Stephens can drive similar positive changes in our town centres, like those that have occurred in regions like Newcastle West over the past five years.

While working at Port Stephens Council as Communications Manager, Stephens spends some time sitting in an office, but he has an adventurous side too.

In a brave move last year Stephen decided to climb Everest with the Mark Hughes Foundation.

The Foundation raises much needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families within the community.

“To participate in the climb was a very easy decision!

“I’m close friends with Mark Hughes and I couldn’t say no to the idea of raising some money for his fantastic Foundation, whilst travelling through the Himalayas with a great bunch of mates.”

Stephen and his team raised almost $500,000 for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

“It was a great effort. I had some fantastic support from people in Port Stephens, including the Mayor and General Manager.”

In undertaking a climb like the one to Everest there are physical and mental challenges to overcome, for Stephen, there were also life lessons learned.

“Life is much more beautiful without email, phones and social media.

“Our ability to live in the moment was so much more enhanced in an environment without those distractions,” he said.

When asked if he would encourage others to undertake physical challenges like his Everest climb the answer was a definitive “YES.”



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