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