Staff safe in Nepal

It struck near Kathmandu and surrounding areas about noon, trapping people in rubble with rescuers working to free casualties from the wide-spread destruction.

The Weekender understands Michael Barry, Tanya Kaptein and Gregory Kent who was travelling with his daughter Donna were to trek Mt Everest, which experienced an avalanche triggered by the deadly quake.

Mrs Roberts also confirmed City property manager Michael Penson�s son Blake, also on Everest, had made contact.

�It was with a sigh of relief that we heard that our three staff members that were at first base camp are safe,� Mrs Roberts said.

�Our thoughts and prayers are with them that they do remain safe.� Mrs Roberts said while all were unharmed they still had a �journey in front of them� before returning home.

Meanwhile, people are being urged to drop hearing aids to The Art of Hearing at Westfield Whitford City and its clinics in Armadale and Riverton for those hard of hearing in Nepal who have lost everything.

The Art of Hearing will cover the cost of getting the instruments to Townsville for the Hearing Project Nepal, and will clean the aids and do minor repairs.

The Hearing Project Nepal put out a call for donations of recycled hearing aids, batteries, tubing and impressions material with any manufacturers wanting to make donations welcome.

The Nepal earthquake has killed more than 4000 people and caused major damage.