Monday, 5 September 2011

Hard to say goodbye - Expedition 11D draws to a close

This weekend saw the close of this summer's expeditions in Borneo, as Expedition 11D finally closed its doors.  Six projects were completed by 76 venturers and 34 volunteer managers, in remote and challenging locations across Sabah.    Having challenged themselves physically and mentally, the teams returned to Kota Kinabalu feeling tired, proud of their achievements, excited, sad, and a whole host of other emotions.  After a successful ten week expedition, we were delighted to mark the occasion.

Thanks to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Sabah, firm supporters of Raleigh's efforts in Borneo, we celebrated the end of Expedition 11D with a formal ceremony, showcasing traditional music and dancing.

Spectactular to watch, there was also the chance to test the skill and agility of the audience.

We were delighted to be joined by Datuk Susannah Liaw, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Sabah, and share her thoughts on the achievements of this expedition and allow us to express our gratitude for the Ministry's ongoing support.

The evening was a great opportunity for Raleigh and the Ministry to celebrate the mutual aims, and for all participants to celebrate, and reflect on all that they had achieved over the past ten weeks.  

All too soon it was time to say goodbye.  There were hugs and tears...

.... before the volunteer managers formed a guard of honour to lead the venturers to the buses waiting to deliver them to the airport.

And thus Expedition 11D came to a close.  Congratulations to all who took part.  Goodbye and good luck!


sophie gs mum said...

A big thank you to everyone in Borneo and the staff at Raleigh for giving Sophie Given a fantastic time and taking so much care of her and her groups.Its been an amazing adventure for her and im sure it wont be long before she travels again.The stories are still comming and we still have lots to learn from her experience.

Good luck to you all, in your amazing work.

very proud and relieved mum.

Kaaaaate said...

Good job guys! Can believe the expedition is over already! Hope you all had a great one, and enjoy staff Endex! Kate xx

Yap Shon Lee said...

Pipo you looked like you had fun!

cup cake mom said...

Hi to the staff and those involved in expedition 11D for allowing my son Malcolm to participate in this awesome experience. He's come back with many great memories and friends. He's still getting mail and i'm still receiving his mail/postcards. This is an experience he'll not soon forget.
Keep up the good work.

many regards,
cupcake mom - Bermuda