At 25, Singaporean Jeremy Tong has scaled 31 mountains around the world and is still going strong. He plans to face his biggest challenge, to summit Mount Everest, in 2017. And he will be doing this for a good cause as well – to support cancer patients in Singapore.
Said the climber, “I love the thrill of a mountain climb as it gives me an adrenaline rush. The more challenging, the better! Expeditions are totally addictive as I am always pushing my limits to go higher and dream bigger. When I realised I could combine my passion for mountains with supporting important causes, I decided that my journey to summit Mount Everest will be dedicated to raising funds for cancer patients in Singapore.”
He initially had this inspiration since his uncle had been struck with nose cancer in 2008. Explained Tong, in an interview I conducted with him towards the end of last year, “He managed to successfully battle the cancer before it spread. He’s since recovered and is now living in Australia.”
Tong has been involved in trekking and mountaineering since the age of 14. He said, “The initial interest started at Mount Ophir, which is 1,276m above sea level and then on Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, at 4,095m. After that, I thought, that’s half of Everest so maybe I could do Everest.”
Tong’s adventures will be broadcast on AXN
Beginning this week, Tong’s mountaineering adventures will be broadcast to more than 42 million homes around the region via ANX Channel, the Number One general English entertainment channel in Asia.
This will be part of the “AXN Attitude” series, which celebrates individuals who embrace life in unexpected ways. It will feature powerful stories of adventure, fearless ambition and passionate causes, which fall in line with AXN’s principles of “action redefined.”
AXN was impressed with Tong’s determination and attitude
Said Virginia Lim, Head of Content and Marketing at Sony Pictures Television Networks, “AXN is defined not only by a genre but an attitude that is smart, intriguing and unexpected. For AXN Attitude, we invited people from South East Asia who are changing things up in their corners of the world.”
She added, “We were impressed with Jeremy’s fearless determination to summit the world’s highest mountains. Through his story, we hope to inspire more viewers to wake up in the morning and embrace their day with passion.”
Other inspiring people featured
Besides Tong, other individuals featured will include Kiran Kreer, a Malaysian documentary photographer & modern-day nomad, and Yukijati Anabela, a 17-year-old Indonesian surfer making serious waves in her sport.