10 January 2003
KOTA KINABALU, Jan 10: Raleigh International has completed nine
community, environment and adventure projects in the first of six
expeditions in Malaysia.
Staff and 134 venturers worked with partner organisations to complete
the projects which ran for 10 weeks each in different locations in
The community projects include installing a gravity feed water system
in Balat, Kinabatangan, building a kindergarten in Kampung Kodos,
Pitas, construction of a multi-purpose community hall in Kampung
Narandang, Pitas, and building infrastructure for an eco-tourism
programme in Batu Puteh, Kinabatangan.
Environmental projects completed by Raleigh International are the
extension to a bird watching hide at the Kota Kinabalu City Bird
Sanctuary and creating a firebreak at Pulau Gaya.
Environmental projects which will continue in the next expedition
are putting in infrastructure for a research and tourism centre in
Maliau Basin and the construction of facilities for researchers working
on the Sabah Biodiversity Experiment in Danum Valley.
Through adventure projects, venturers were involved in researching
the Sumatran Rhino population at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve and cutting
a trail between Tikolod and Inobong at the Crocker Range.
Raleigh International Malaysia country director Andy Wahid who led
the expedition, said venturers have made an impact on communities
and protected areas.
Through their hard work they have developed infrastructure, assisted
in environmental conservation and improved the quality of life for
people who live in remote areas.
Motivation, commitment to each other, energy, spirit and a will to
succeed have been common qualities amongst participants," Wahid
said in his message in the Raleigh International Malaysia programme
review for 2002.
According to the review, one factor which influenced the organisation
to return to Malaysia after the last leg of expeditions in 1998,
was due to support and encouragement from the Government.
Other factors are a wide range of community projects through which
venturers could leave an impact and rainforest environment that provides
understanding of the fragile eco-system.
Set up in 1984, UK-based Raleigh International provides a chance
for venturers aged between 17 and 25 years to participate in challenging
In Malaysia, it is co-operating with the Youth and Sports Ministry
and the Rakan Muda programme to encourage Malaysians to participate
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