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

Wednesday 31 August 2011

The end is nigh!

10 weeks on expedition in India has flown by and the last couple of days have been full of goodbyes, washing dirty kit and travelling back to field base for the final time. The groups all arrived back this morning in high spirits and ready to spend their last couple of days with all the friends  they have made on expedition.

Yesterday staff from field base set off in three different directions to visit the groups at their closing ceremonies. All the villages that the groups have worked for over the last phase thanked them for all their hard work over the last couple of weeks. The alpha groups have all been overwhelmed with the hospitality friendliness and generosity the villages have shown them while they have been there and this is also their chance to thank everyone for that.

Here are a few photos from their closing ceremonies from Echo 4 and Charlie 1.

Sarah (PM) being dressed in a sari

Yasmin looking very glamorous and ready to go


Tabby and Sam

Tom with one of the project partners from MYKAPS

Packing down Echo 4

Big smile from Ram

Ollie and Struan 

The groups are all happy to be back and Tango 5 brought a surprise back for Mark in the form of three leeches. He had set the a challenge before they left on trek that if they returned with a live leech they would win a large pepperoni pizza. Devon was very quick to cash in on his prize.

Once kit had been clean and maybe some clean clothes had been thrown on everyone headed into Mysore for the final time – hopefully they will have returned with some presents for all you friends and family they have left behind at home for 10 weeks. 

Echo 4 arrive back from the trenches

Ben fresh off the bus from Charlie 1

Shaq and Dwayne - always together 

Kai with his trekking tent

Lauren getting a big welcome back hug from Lindsay (PM)

Siva and Manpreet reading her birthday  blog messages

Mark handing Devon his prize


Everyone one will be up at 5:30am tomorrow morning to be led in a Miss Motivator session by the lovely Emma, who will prepare everyone for their 5 or 10K run which will be commencing at 6:00am. We will be back online tomorrow to let you know how are runners did and by the sounds of it we will have some funny fancy dress pictures to post. If you haven’t already it is not to late to sponsor them. 


  1. Debbie (Emma's mum)1 September 2011 at 00:40

    Emma Williams


    Hi Emma,

    Not sure if my last message got through as I tried to refresh the page and it disappeared :(

    Anyway, just wanted to wish you all good luck with the run tomorrow - what an early start.

    Love the photo of you dressed in the sari, you look beautiful so I had to send it to the rest of the family to look at!

    Will call you after 6 on Saturday - OMG, can't wait until Sunday :).

    Everyone sends their love and wish you a safe journey home. Hope Poppy recognises you!

    Take care darling and see you very sooooon!

    Mum. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. To the surviving 10 weekers...

    Hello everyone,
    Welcome back! Hope you all enjoyed your last phase!

    ps. Devon what on earth were you doing bringing back leeches to fieldbase!!! ARE YOU MAD?! All that for a pepperoni! Typical...lol :-)
    Glad you survived the trek-I hope all the Tangos enjoyed it.

    So what is everyone up to-who is coming home/moving on travelling?? I've forgotten..these last 19 days have gone by so quickly. I can't believe some of you will be back by Saturday! :-) Big hugs to all you 10 weekers. Love Catriona xxx

  3. To Miss Motivator-Emma Williams-Charlie 1

    Hello Emma,
    How did the runs go this morning? Who won the 10k/5k? Can you believe you'll be home in two days?? So looking forward to catching up; lots of love, Catriona xxx

  4. To Susan Payne,(Charlie 1)

    Susan! Hello, hope this finds you well and that your adventures in kotapadi gave you as much joy in phase 3 as it did on the first phase. Look forward to hearing all the stories from you when you get back. :-)
    Catriona x

  5. Hi Dwayne,

    Pictures are great as always. Good Luck in your 5k or 10k run. Have fun with it. Remember it is all about finishing the race, no matter who comes first.

    Lots of Love Mom. xxxxooooxxxx

  6. Yasmin Kanji (11E)
    from Sikander Kanji

    Dearest Yasmin, looking fwd to seeing you very soon, Love the picture of u in a sari!! Lots of Love Baba