Monday, 12 April 2010

Expedition 10A Complete

All the tools have been returned to field base, the last expedition skits have been played out, the radio has been switched off and the last cans of prawn sambal and mock duck eaten. Expedition 10A is now officially complete.

Last Thursday the entire expedition including venturers and volunteer managers celebrated the end of the expedition in an official closing ceremony sponsored by the Sabah Ministry of Youth and Sports. The event, attended by Tuan Haji Awang Damit Awang Anak, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Sabah Ministry Youth and Sports, as well as project partners and sponsors, featured traditional Malaysian dancing and food.

The welcome dance

Tuan Haji Awang Damit Awang Anak, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Sabah Ministry Youth and Sports with Expedition 10A Malaysian participants

It also featured more than a few emotional participants as it was the first time the end of expedition slideshow was played. I am sure I was not the only one with a tear in my eye.

The bamboo dance

On Friday venturers attended the final expedition meeting and showed some fairly dismal final skits. I am sure this must have been the only expedition featuring two scores of minus one out of ten.

Venturers then left Borneo Paradise before heading to Bukit Naga for a well deserved beach party, marking the end of the expedition and a final chance to say some tearful goodbyes before leaving yesterday.

The longhouse at Bukit Naga

Saying goodbye

Mac's final speech

Ali at the BBQ 
Getting ready to party
Jim busting some moves

Expedition 10A has been the largest in the last few years. In the last ten weeks participants have made the following achievements:

• Built a kindergarten from start to finish in Kampung Sulit Paitan

• Installed a gravity water feed and unique filtration system to Kampung Kopuron, supplying the community with clean water straight from the tap

• Refurbished a pipe network in Kampung Lingka Bugan 2, ensuring everyone in the village has access to water

• Built a gravity water feed system in Kampung Vunui Lokos, supplying the community with clean water

• Constructed a bridge and boardwalk providing access for future visitors to the new Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

• Started on foundations for a new suspension bridge at Imbak Canyon, providing better access for scientists visiting this vital conservation area

• Built accommodation for future volunteers for a rainforest reforestation project in Kudat, helping to protect the unique biodiversity of Sabah

• All venturers have completed challenging treks throughout Sabah and nearly all venturers have learned how to dive then took part in a conservation coral planting programme in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

To all the participants of 10A we would like to say congratulations, your achievements have been amazing. Thank you for making the expedition so successful and good luck in the future!


Ali White said...

Big Joe's mum

Thank you to all the Raleigh team for enabling all the above to happen and taking care of our 'babies'
Also an extra special thanks for seeing Joe through the loss of his grandpa while on his first phase.
3rd sbling will be lined up to do Raleigh in a couple of years!

Best wishes, all Joe's family

Fraser Family said...

Thank you Raleigh for giving our sons and daughters an amazing experience, and the chance to make a difference to communities who do not have all the basics that we take for granted.

It has been an unbelievable journey, with enormous highs and lows, but all of the volunteers should leave with an enormous sense of achievement.

Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you again to all at Raleigh.

Jan Akhtar said...

To all the Raleigh leaders and organisers, I cannot thank you enough for giving our youngsters the opportunity of life time . If you could only read some of the letters that our son, Solomon, wrote home. They brought tears to our eyes to learn how much Solly had learnt through this experience and how he appreciated all he has at home , quote " The borneo people have so little and yet they are such happy, content people. I am so grateful for the education that I have been lucky to have". Solomon said it was one of the best things he has ever done in his life and we feel privileged that he was able to take part in what has been a challenging and rewarding experience. Thank you so much for all your care and leadership and I really hope that Raleigh carries on and on and on for many more young people to benefit from such a worthwhile organisation.
Yours gratefully
Jan and Aslam Akhtar

the Pittaways said...

The Pittaway family wish to thank all the leaders for giving Laura the experience of a lifetime. Her weeks under your care and guidance will be treasured for the rest of her life.
We send you our very best wishes for the future and hope Laura will keep in touch with you on her return.
Val & Gerry Pittaway

tanja said...

Dear all,

we would like to thank aal of you for all the effort and good work.
Alwine enjoyed it very much and will keep this experience as a wonderful memory.

All our best wishes to the whole team,

Alwine's parents.

Jude said...

Oh dear my comment seems to have strayed! Here we go again...likewise many thanks to the Raleigh team for making 10A such a fantastic experience for the participants, and those of us eager to follow at home. Loved the blog and the way you work in partnership with your communities out there, and how well organised you are to make it such a positive 'adventure', everyone is a winner. Looking forward to seeing Josh soon and sharing his photos and listening to his stories.How about retirement Raleigh trips?!! Best wishes to you all, Jude and Phil