Thursday, 15 July 2010

Who are they?

Hello to everyone on this sunny Thursday afternoon,

So, we know that the field base team are often a mysterious entity, working feverishly in the background from the secret location of the Raleigh house. With this in mind, we decided to carry out a series of short interviews so you could all get to know a bit more about just what makes each of us tick.

Introducing, in no particular order, the fieldbase team.....

Abby Kirby, Administrator

 1) What is your role at field base?
I am the administrator for expeditions 10D and 10I – I shuffle paper

2) What three things could you not live without?
• My iPod with cheesy music on it
• The colour pink
• Coffee – how boring...

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Alan Carr...because he would be able to use his teeth to break the bamboo that would be needed for our hammocks and he would make me laugh

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
It’s a culture which I hadn’t experienced before and because I want a ginger orang-utan

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Tinned sardines


Oonagh Hayes, Team Coach

1) What is your role at field base?
I am the team coach so I’m here to make sure PMs and other staff feel happy and confident working with young people – I also make a blinding cup of tea.

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Music – any apart from thrash metal and trance (it’s not really music is it??)
• Crisps – I’ve tried my best but can’t manage without frazzles and quavers
• My contact lenses/glasses - I’m as blind as a bat without them

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Gerard Butler...because you’d just have to look at him and everything would be ok...he also looks like he could wrestle a clouded leopard if the need arose...

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
This is my second expedition in Borneo. It’s an incredibly beautiful place with amazing wildlife and the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
The cheese. It’s indestructible as it doesn’t go off – despite being sat in 30-40 degree heat for weeks on end – amazing!!


Mac McCarthy, Country Programme Manager

1) What is your role at field base?
I’m in charge of the day-to-day delivery of the expedition and getting people to make me cups of tea...

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Tea
• My family and friends, who I don’t get to see enough of
• Middlesborough Football Club

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Ernest Shackleton – he’s an inspirational leader who would be useful in a crisis and who is a bit of a hero of mine.

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
It being the friendliest place on earth

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Raleigh rations! You’re joking – why would I eat that??


Yolanda Graham, Recruitment, Support and Media Co-ordinator

1) What is your role at field base?
I don’t know...

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Air conditioning
• A shower
• DVD player

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
A butler – because he would be able to do everything for me

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
I’m from here so I didn’t have a choice...

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Tuna


Dr Nick Johnson, Medic

1) What is your role at field base?
Field base medic and consumer of Pringles

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Michael Jackson’s music
• My stethoscope
• Coffee – and no, I’m not copying Abby...

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
My dad – because he could see what I’m doing over here instead of being a doctor

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
Its brand of cream crackers

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Banana chips on trek


Jim Clements, Country Director

1) What is your role at field base?
Chief food taster

2) What three things could you not live without?
• A Bravo
• Tea
• Dim Sum

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Myself – that’ll mean there’s more food to go round

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
Everything – the incredible diversity of the culture, people, food and environment

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Peanut brittle


John Minary, Photographer

1) What is your role at field base?
Making tea

2) What three things could you not live without?
• Teabags
• Kettle
• Fresh water

3) If you were stuck in the jungle, which person dead or alive, would you want to be with and why?
Nils Wieboldt – because he puts a smile on your face every morning and he makes me cups of tea

4) What attracted you to working in Borneo?
Tea plantation

5) What is your favourite Raleigh ration?
Tinned sardines

Interviews with the remaining field base team members will appear when they return from the Loop. They are currently visiting the team at Sepilok and will move onto Imbak Canyon tomorrow before heading home to a rapturous welcome on Saturday.

Oonagh Hayes, stand-in roving reporter while Hayley is away on project sites...