I am a fourth year student from Salford, currently studying at Newcastle University. In March 2016, I will be travelling with 19 other students from Newcastle University and working in collaboration with Raleigh International to embark on a three-week charitable expedition based in the Sabah region of rural Borneo. As part of a small team, we will be living amongst a secluded, impoverished community with the ultimate aim of improving their quality of life for years to come. I will be installing and testing a gravity fed water system, constructing sanitation units and raising awareness in the community of the importance of safe water, sanitation and good hygiene practice. The ultimate objective is to provide communities with facilities allowing them to lead healthier and more sustainable lifestyles. To do this, I will be responsible for gathering information, designing the facilities and making preparations before leaving.
What needs to be done?
To enable this expedition to go ahead is that we must each raise a total of £2400. This money is needed to support the project including purchase of materials, tools, food, safety provision, travel, training and support. Although I am sure this will be a brilliant experience, conditions will be tough, working days long and facilities minimal.
My main fundraising event is the 'Tyne & Wear' run, which is a 12 mile run from the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to St. James' Park in Newcastle. It is an event I will organise myself and I plan to complete this on the 20th of February.
I feel very fortunate to have been chosen for this exhibition and it is something I am extremely passionate about. I would be really grateful if you could offer a donation, however large or small, to help what I'm sure you will agree is a great cause. I will be sure to keep you posted to show exactly what your money has been used to achieve!