Sunday, 2 September 2012

A Final Fundraising Feat!

As you may have seen in some of the pictures on here, Ian (trek leader) has been growing a beard; a beard that has been the topic of almost everyone's conversation at one point or another. Very large and very orange, the most popular discussion so far has been how best to remove it.

After an hour long discussion between PMs at Endex about the many different methods of removal as well as the hundreds of styles the beard could be worn in Ian decided to make use of his facial hair and raise some more money for Raleigh.

And so on Saturday 2nd September a silent auction was held amongst the volunteer staff. The winner could choose any style, and any method of removal. Please bear in mind that this was a very brave task to allow himself in for as the discussions about beard removal included waxing, tweezing and gaffa taping!

Style ideas included a chequer board effect, a very fluffy goatee, sideburns and a handlebar moustache. The winning bid however came from Emma Ashby who kindly decided that she would use a normal shaver to remove the beard.

In total, a whopping RM878, approximately £180 was raised!
This money will go to the Host Contry Venturer fund.

And so I present to you; the Victorian Gentleman:


 That's how easy it is everyone! A small idea, a bit of organisation and just look at what you can do; raise a lot of money and have a good time doing it!
So Get Out There!
Want to hold your own fundraising event? Don't forget to join Raleigh Alumni ( to stay in touch and let us know how you get on!

It's all over!

Raleigh Borneo Expedition 12D has now officially closed!

We have spent the last two days at Borneo Paradise hotel, winding down; relaxing and of course getting all of the logs kit cleaned!

The Closing Ceremony was first on the agenda for Endex. This was an official ceremony with project partners, press, and member from the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Sabah, including the Minister present.

The entertainment for the evening was the brilliant and talented Sabah Cultural Troupe, a traditional dance group which performed four dances throughout the evening in stunning costumes. Everyone got involved with the dancing,  and Ndavyah even gave us a great performance on the drums.

We heard speeches from Country Director Mac, and from the Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Sabah, Datuk Peter Pang En Yin and rounded up the evening with the 12D slideshow.

By 10pm tiredness from the last ten weeks was catching up with most people and so it was off to bed, for a hot shower and a nights sleep on a mattress!

Friday consisted of finishing off work with logs- scraping off every last bit of concrete from the shovels and polishing up the saucepans before having a day of relaxation and reviews and preparing for the final party to begin!

A BBQ and disco rounded off the final evening, with every scrap of meat disappearing from the BBQ very quickly - you would think we hadn't been feeding the Venturers! DJ Gerrard played the evening out with his epic tunes, and saw some very very sweaty V's on the dance floor.

Saturday came around all too quickly and it was soon time for emotional goodbyes.

And so it's all over! What an epic summer it has been. To all of 12D, you should be proud of what you have acheived here over the last three months. Don't ever forget it!
 You have all been legends!

Alpha 5 Stay Alive

Alpha 5 finished their last trek on Wednesday 22nd August in Long Pa Sia where they went on home stays and ate as much as they possibly could. With ten guys, most of whom were working on putting weight on during trek to three girls in the group; this was a lot of food!

The group slept through a bumpy three hour 4 x 4 journey followed by a long bus journey with a quick stop in Sipitang (for another snack) before eventually arriving at the beautiful Mamutik.  Their first night was pretty damp, with a storm blowing in however the camp on the island is pretty luxurious and so no one got wet – a nice change from trek.

I was lucky enough to visit the group on the island for two days, and lucky for me the sun was shining and the temperature perfect! Alpha 5’s days consist of not only ‘staying alive’ as their motto says but having a lot of fun doing it! Whether it’s in a dive theory lesson, snorkeling, diving, playing cards or just relaxing they seem to having a pretty good time!

Some of the boys requested physical training sessions with Ian – it seems trekking wasn’t exhausting enough for them! And so most afternoons, a selection of the group (depending on their energy levels that day) get training;

Petra has also become Raleigh’s newest hairdresser.  In phase 2 she shaved a very accurate  ‘Alpha 2’ into Conor’s head and in Alpha 5 she worked her magic on Ben who was starting to look a little straggly.

On my first evening with the group we attempted to find a trail which led to the other side of the island in order to see the sun setting. However we got distracted making humus and bread so missed the sunset by about ten minutes! We did make up for this in the morning with half the group waking up at 5.30am to watch the sun coming up over Mount Kinabalu. Anthony, who was very enthusiastic about getting up for the sun rise the previous evening, lost all enthusiasm at 5.15am. After attempts from three people to wake him, including tickling his feet we gave up and he missed it!

Elizabeth and Ian practiced their baking skills, making bread and a Malaysian desert of cinnamon, raison and honey dough balls. Needless to say these disappeared in seconds when the boys arrived back from diving!

A big congratulations goes to the divers in the group who have all passed their exams so will be planting coral on their last day before making their way back to the mainland for Endex.