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Welcome to the Official Blog for Raleigh India 12J September - December 2012.

Monday 29 November 2010

Raleigh India 10K Fun Run!

During final wash up Field base will be organising a 5K and a 10K Fun Run for the Venturers and PMs to raise money for Raleigh India projects.

They will of had 9 weeks out on Phase to get fit. The Adventure Phase saw them tackling arduous treks, challenging cycle routes and extreme rafting. The Environmental Phase was hard core digging, giving them a full body work out. While the Community Phase involved hard manual labour carrying heavy bricks building up their muscles ... But now it's time to see what they're really made of.

So on Thursday 16th December it will be every man for himself, as we cast off the Raleigh ethos of team work and pit them head to head up against each other. Those signed up so far are:

Caroline, Hannah W, Kat, Raghu, Natalie

Olly, Dr Phil, Rach, Hannah L, George, Simon, Coen, Michiel, Iain, Erdinch, Jen, Anniek, Arthur, Kim, Jonny, Owen, Jack, Hubertus, David, Ryan, Sam, Olivia, Sarah, Polly C, Anna, Dr Josse

Importantly though, they will all be raising money for Raleigh India projects, so we're asking Venturer & PM friends and family to sponsor them at http://www.justgiving.com/raleigh-india-fun-run/.

Fundraising money from venturers to join a Raleigh expedition covers the cost of their experience and of running our permanent field bases. However, it only goes some of the way of covering the costs of building materials and local labour for our projects which support marginalised communities and environments in India.

India witnesses a huge disparity between the urbanised wealthy and the rural poor. Although government initiatives are targeting this and attempting to redress the balance; changing an embedded culture in a sub-continent as huge as India is not a fast process.

By partnering with both local grass roots NGOs, government agencies and international NGOs, Raleigh has been able to access and address some core issues here in India.

The Community projects focus on a targeted areas, building relationships, friendships and exchanging culture, educating them in the importance of education for their children, community health, and giving them the means to sustain a their livelihood in an environmentally friendly way.

Our Environmental projects in India focus on educating communities and youth in reducing the human impact upon habitats to preserve the natural biodiversity. The projects concentrate measures on reducing the interaction between wild animals and people and the resultant negative impact on people or their resources, or wild animals or their habitat.

To learn more about the Raleigh India community and environmental project strategies please link here http://www.raleighinternational.org/countries/india

Although Raleigh expeditions are relatively small groups, the message we send in our presence and activities here has a huge multiplying effect. Through concentrated and sustained efforts our project groups have begun to make a tangible difference in the areas Raleigh India has focused. But we always need more money, as there is so much more we can do. So please dig deep and donate now.

All text by Polly Carpenter and photos by Polly Baldwin http://www.dynamicpictures.co.uk/ (unless stated otherwise).

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - we raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


  1. To: Kimberley Delamare Tango six

    Hi Kimberley! I see you are on the mountain trek!
    Tough stuff - I didn't really have to check that you are doing the fun run when you get back - and the 10k of course!! Good luck and stay safe on trek, I have sponsored you already!! Dad xx.

  2. -> Jonny Womack
    Might've guessed you'd go for the 10k, but will you do it wearing your hat?!!

  3. Message for Owen Duffin Echo 3. Please pass on to Owen over the radio that after a long wait Oscar James Duffin was born at 3.21pm on 29th November in the Great Western Hospital weighing in at a healthy 8lb 13oz. He has a small amount of light auburn hair. Mother and Baby are doing well!

  4. Erdinch Yigitce (Charlie 2)
    Erdinch we are very proud of you!! wow 10k run. go for it! hoping to see the pictures. so you know, its very very cold in London, todays its been snowing all day!! Hakan & Rey got engaged its was a lovely party.Everyone misses you! They all send their best wishes to you. Good luck with the run. love Mum, dad and Nej xxx

  5. To Sarah Ward in Charlie Two

    Hey hey, bit of a stressful week after getting your panicked message! Tried to book EVERYTHING in India but obviously that was ridiculous and really expensive so spoke to Thunder-Mafia-Melville and made an executive decision to skip Goa altoghether and just head straight to Darjeeling. Means we save a LOT of money as Goa is crazy expensive at this time of year.

    As for my flights - I am landing at 4.40 in the morning (sorry) on the 19th. My flight number is BA119.

    I have sent all this in my last letter but who knows when it'll arrive?

    Saw your smily tanned face grinning out of a conga line and it made me miss you so much possum! I am so excited to see you.

    Love you - Jamie xxx

  6. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. I am very like it so much.So good Thanks MA.................

  7. To Natalie Gordon,

    Continue to have a great time and I look forward to catching up soon! Andrew J

  8. To Rosie Ward Tango Six
    Have a really good birthday today and we will all be thinking of you! We're not sure if you're ahead or behiend us!! But anyway have a amazing day, we will really miss you, and we can't wait for you to come back!!
    Lots of big hugs and kisses
    Kate, Shannon and Hazel. xxxxxxx

  9. To Phil Dart in Echo 3

    Yo Gengibre,
    Hugely important news for you…
    FIFA awarded the World Cup hosts today. 2018 goes to Russia, 2022 goes to...Qatar!!! We were out in the first round! England is in outrage at the moment. Big Phil is on the ceiling with fury. I might hold off my news about Chelsea, might be too much bad news in one hit. Don’t want you throwing yourself in a trench in desperation. While you are digging trenches and helping communities England is building snowmen. Actually down your street in lovely Surrey I’m sure they are erecting their igloos again!
    Little bit miss you xx
    Jen Beans

  10. Caroline van Wulfften Palthe3 December 2010 at 01:05

    To Elizabeth van der Zee - Echo Three
    Haaai lieve Lies,
    Hopelijk gaat alles nog steeds goed met je? hier is het ook allemaal prima!! Ik zie dat je (als ik het goed lees) de 16de klaar bent met raleigh en zelf op pad gaat! echt super leuk, hopelijk ga je het naar je zin hebben!! als het lukt moet je even een internet caffeetje opzoeken, mij mailen en dan gaan we skypen!! ik mis je echt veel te erg en wil dat je terug komt.. gelukkig nog maar 20 dagen, ik ben al aan het tellen.

    lieve lies, spreek je (hopelijk) snel
    Dikke kus Cacie

  11. Hi Anniek @ Echo Three

    Hallo lieve schat!! Ben benieuwd hoe het met je graafwerkzaamheden gaat. Da's pas het echte slavenwerk... :) Maar dat is echt voor het goede doel, dat heb je misschien al wel gelezen.. en met elkaar maken jullie er een feest van... Hier zou er geen doorkomen aan zijn want de vorst zit er sinds deze week goed in. Vannacht hadden we hier -8 gr C. Dat blijft nog een paar dagen zo, waarna het rond het vriespunt komt te liggen. ...en sneeuw inmiddels... dus daar bij jou is het klimaat nu een stuk beter... Van Rome hebben we genoten en een "verrassing" staat hier inmiddels voor je klaar... Nog 2 weekjes en dan zit het er voor je op... We zijn heel benieuwd naar je gedetailleerde verhalen!!! Take care!
    Groeten en XXX P&M

  12. echo three kane grennan
    hi kane hope you are well! you just would not believe the amount of snow we have had, no one in the close even attempted to move their car yesterday. luckily i bought a sledge last week which not only has been good fun but also great for putting food shopping on and bringing it home. kids have been off school and toast took lauren up hill barn yest to sledge in the snow. kids are counting down the days till you come back i have put little trees in bedrooms and cabin up but not got the real one yet! missing you lots see you soon love always mum,mat,birdie,logan,kittyxxx

  13. Owen Duffin Echo 3. Hi Owen, Hope all is going well on your elephant trenches and you're enjoying the digging! When you next get to an internet cafe you'll really enjoy looking at pictures of baby Oscar- he's really sweet. He has Laura's auburn hair and a dimple in his chin! As you can imagine Neil is great with him and he calms down when he hears his daddy's voice. We are getting on with Christmas preparations and the shops are now manic.We can't wait until you're back although I know it won't be for a while yet. Look after yourself, love Mum and Dad x

  14. Hi Kirsten - charlie one (i think)
    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you. happy birthday dear Kirsten happy birthday to you.
    Hope you have a wonderful day, can't wait to hear all your stories and see your piccys, counting down,wear your winter woolies when you land we've had our first snow, yes we've had snow aswell all 2 inches of it.
    Take care, love you
    Bev, Phil, Philip and Steven.

  15. To Elisabeth van der Zee Tango 3
    Hi Liz,
    We received your letter this weekend. Thank you for nice the present, we will use it tonight while we are celebrating Sinterklaas with the family in Rotterdam and think about you! How are the elephants treating you? We live in a different world with snow affecting daily life and sports. Do we have to send your running shoes, we are already collecting money to sponsor your run!? Take care and have fun. Big hug. Mum and Dad

  16. Lucy Flint-Charlie Two
    Lucy darling, just been catching up with all that you've been doing and feel so proud of you!! The photos are lovely-you look at home being a teacher sweetheart.
    Sorry the messages and letters have been thin on the ground for you. I have been thinking of you all the time. I didn't want you to know at the time but I have been in hospital for a week. My left index finger became badly infected at work one evening. I was sent off sick and told to go back the next morning to have it looked at properly. The hand surgeon admitted me onto the ward straight away and they immediately started me on intravenous antibiotics. After two operations and five days on IV's they discharged me from hospital on the 1st Dec. It's healing at the moment and a little difficult to do things being as I'm left handed. Been signed off work for two weeks so we put the tree up yesterday as we were all snowed in! We can't wait for you to be here for Christmas telling us all about your adventures with a blow out Christmas dinner in front of you! I really hope you get this message soon as I was afraid you'd be upset having not heard from us. Missing you loads and looking forward to the 18th. Here's sending you a big hug and loads of kisses! Love you loads, mum, dad, Harry and Nan x x x x x x P.S I will look for library books x x x

  17. isabelle wijsmuller charly 27 December 2010 at 14:35

    Lieve Belletje,
    Jij gaat toch ook wel hardlopen?? met jouw snelheid moet dat lukken, of is de conditie flink afgezakt in India?? Ik heb net de donatie gemaakt en zie dat jullie, het bescheiden, target al hebben gehaald, en nu er flink overheen zijn. Fijn voor de mensen daar. Hier was het al even winter met veel sneeuw en enorm koud. Ik zou nu eigenlijk bij Willem Jan in Parijs zitten maar heb griep! heel jammer. Dus geniet maar in het zonnetje in Goa. Veel succes met de laatste loodjes. dikke zoen mam

  18. To Caroline, Charlie 1.

    Hope all is going well. Same old here. Good luck with the rest of the final phase - I miss you so much. Christmas Card mission = mission accomplished.

    With love, Ben. xxx

  19. Tessa nooteboom tango 5
    Lieve tessalien , brief is ontvangen , we hebben ervan genoten en zijn benieuwd naar alle verhalen en foto's. En natuurllijk ook naarr: spiertje !!!! Klinkt allemaal erg top .Sinterklaas met marieke en pap in adam met de bekende gedichten en chocoladeletters heb jij die van pap gekregen ? Net donatie gedaan , mooi initiatief . Kijken allemaal uit naar volgende week zaterdag , risotto staat dan klaar ! Geniet nog volop deze dagen. Grote knuffel en kus mammie

  20. Hope all is going well. Same old here.