Monday, July 16, 2012

Have you ever walked a total of 8 miles just to get water?

Jakhya Rahman, 24 from London organised The 8 Mile Water Run on the 9th June at Battersea Park to raise funds for her Raleigh Expedition as Project Manager to India in July 2012.
The concept of the run was based on statistics from UNESCO, Facts and Figures: Water Supply and Sanitation; ‘the average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is six kilometres and the weight of water they carry on their heads is about 20 kilograms.’ This inspired Jakhya to plan a 6km run (about 4 miles) to an imaginable water source and pick up a 20kg weighted rucksack and carry it a further 4 miles.

She has previously been on expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua with Raleigh as a venturer and now she is volunteering as a Project Manager in India to help further her knowledge of International Development and help make a difference to the lives of people living in remotes areas.

“This was a very difficult activity for me but with training and support was able to overcome the challenge, however consider myself fortunate that it is not a daily occurrence and thus hope to raise awareness of this issue to others.” She hopes to highlight the importance of the work Raleigh International does overseas in providing fresh water to communities and other important community projects such as building eco-sanitation and bio-gas units.

Here is a video summarising the event:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Harriets fundraising tips!

So I went to India in the summer of 2011, and I managed to raise over £3000 for the trip. There were absolutely loads of things we did, and definitely my tip is do lots of little fundraising things, not just one big one. I went with a group from my school, so we got together and organised cake sales at school parents evening, car washes, stalls at kite festivals and air shows, sponsored runs and cycles, and also paid group waitressing at a singing evening.
Also I managed to get sponsored by a couple of companies, not huge amounts about £100 or so, and also got a Saturday job for about 9 months before the trip. I basically spent the whole time period before the expedition saving and saving and saving, and managed to save enough money to pay for the cost of the trip, as well as all the kit I needed and also flights and vaccinations.
Probably the most successful fundraising things we did were the car washes and sponsored cycles/runs. I would also recommend if you can get to a large air show or event where there will be loads of people looking to entertain themselves and set up a kind of stall with raffles and summer fete activities, with really good prizes then there’s a big chance to make a lot of money. Just any opportunity that comes up, take it!
Harriet Byrne – Malmesbury School expedition India 2011

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Clever fund raising can get you a long way!

Volunteering does not need to break your bank, as Bev Taylor found out. She managed to raise the full £2995 to go on expedition to Borneo.

She did a 26 mile hike, which she raised sponsorships for and she held a raffle. For the raffle prizes she contacted local businesses to donate prizes and she managed to fundraise the whole amount.

She says “Clever fund raising can get you a long way!"

During her expedition, her favourite moment on expedition was being involved with a project that built a bridge across a river, which would allow scientists to explore unseen areas of the rainforest.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

28 Mile Walk in December!

Reece Wilson, 17 from Cottingham, walked 28 miles from Hull to Spurn Hill on December 12th to raise £2000 to fund his Raleigh International expedition to India in March 2012. So far he has raised £243 on his Justgiving page.

While in India, Reece will be working on infrastructure and sanitation projects, supplying toilets to the Malligalli village. Within this village there are 250 families and of these 15 families have a toilet. The lack of adequate sanitation is a major problem in Malligalli because this affects the local water supply and therefore has an adverse effect on the health on the local community.

If you would like to sponsor Reece:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Blindfolded Marathon

Tim Lok Chen Haw, 19, ran the Allianz Penang Bridge International Marathon with his eyes blindfolded!

Lok is not blind — he covered his eyes with cloth to highlight glaucoma, an eye disorder of the optic nerve which is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

He was raising money for his Raleigh expedition in Borneo in 2012 and the Malaysia Glaucoma Society.

With the help of a few 'guides' to ensure he stayed on route, he completed the marathon in a fantastic five hours and 40 minutes.

So far Lok has raised RM3,000 with the aim of reaching RM20,000 through his inspiring marathon.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanks Tom!

We would like to say a big thank you to Tom Williams, a Raleigh alumni, who has raised £700 for us to build bio-gas units in India by driving a Fiat Punto he bought for £45 through Europe. This 53% of his £1400 fundraising target.

Raleigh International has built 15 bio-gas units in the Nilgiri district in south India and has supplied sustainable energy to local communities, which reduces the impact of firewood consumption. Methane from cows is captured and stored for gas cooking, as a sustainable source. An additional by-product of bio-gas units is the milk produced by the cow which can be sold on and an income is produced.

If you would like to contribute to Tom’s bio-gas fundraising please go to:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Prehistoric Fun-draising on the Jurassic Coast Walk

On the weekend of October 8-9 a group of 55, made up of Raleigh alumni, future venturers and VMs, and Raleigh staff headed out to the UK’s historic south coast to undertake a 50 km 2-day long trek from Weymouth to Lyme Regis.

With the sun mostly on our faces and the wind occasionally at our backs, we walked along the coastal path, reminiscing about expeditions, catching up on life post-Raleigh, filling in to-be venturers and VMs on some essential tips, breaking out tents and roll mats, and most importantly, fundraising.

All the alumni were participating to raise money for the Raleigh International Bursary Award which financially supports those for whom a Raleigh expedition would otherwise only be a dream. They were able to raise enough for 2 people to be given bursaries in 2012! The future venturers and VMs joined to help boost their own fundraising for expedition, and many are now within reach of their fundraising targets.

If you missed out on participating this time around, be sure to watch the Raleigh International website and Facebook page for updates on what is to come in 2012. We hope to see you there!

The whole group with Richard Drax, MP, who officially started the walk: