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On 16 May, Music4children, the London-based charity founded by Bayldon performed on top of 6,476m high Mera peak for 40 minutes and broke the world record for the highest gig. This was the group's second record in seven years.
Bayldon says he became eager to work for Nepali children after his experiences with street children ten years ago.
"As I was walking around Kathmandu, I met a disabled child begging on the streets. I was buying him some food when I found myself surrounded by 30 street kids and I fed them all for less than 30 pounds. That's how Music4children was born," recalls the 40-year-old.
Music4children first entered the record books in 2005 after their performance at Kalapathar Base Camp at 5,545m. The record was surpassed by a German band in Bolivia, but Bayldon was determined to reclaim the title.
"The Germans stole our record and we are here to win it back," he said before his team of 10 volunteers including four musicians, two DJs, photographers and camera crew left for their two week expedition to Mera.
The money collected in 2005 was handed over to Help Network Nepal, a charity started by Nepalis living abroad, which used the funds to build an orphanage in Dhulikhel. Bayldon says the 35,000 pounds raised from this year's gig will help cover operating costs of the orphange for the next three years.
Bayldon, however, is not satisfied with being a record holder. He now wants to raise funds for children around the world and looks forward to performing under more challenging conditions. "We have gigs lined up in the Amazonian rainforest, at the North Pole, and one in Mexico where we will be base jumping into a crater. We are just getting started," he says, grinning.
Imagine a 90-year-old man with asthma hiking up a 6,000 metre mountain. That's how most of us felt during our trek to Mera. We were so tired by the end that our minds went blank. But once we started jamming we remembered all the amazing people we met during our journey, we thought about our new Sherpa friends, and the children. It was this positive energy that kept us going at sub-zero temperatures.
When we found out we had raised enough money for the orphanage all of us were very ecstatic. It was even more exciting to visit the actual orphanage site in Dhulikhel and see the fruits of our hard work materialise in front of our eyes. Performing on top of a mountain is definitely a huge challenge, but we want to turn our gig into an annual event and continue doing good work for the children of Nepal.
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