We are offering a grant scheme to encourage Singapore youths to participate in international expeditions organised by Raleigh International (United Kingdom). The grant aims to provide young people from all walks of life greater opportunities for international volunteerism. We hope that the opportunity will inspire recipients to make a positive impact on the lives of others in Singapore upon return from the expedition.
To learn more about the expeditions that we have organised, please go to Globe Trekkers.
We are currently collaborating with Lakeside Family Centre on a programme to engage the youths during the Centre’s drop-in session on various fun and meaningful activities. Lakeside Family Centre provides services to children, youth and families in the key areas of counselling and financial support.
We are looking for vibrant volunteers to interact with the youths in the evenings of the last Friday of every month at the Youth Corner at Lakeside Family Centre.
Activities could include:
To find out more about our local projects, please visit Red Dotters.
It touched our lives as much as it touched theirs'. For ten full days, the small village of Indra Nagar, in the Nilgiri Hills of South India, was bustling with energy. Though a small and cosy team, the seven seasoned Raleigh volunteers, reinforced by four other European CTRD volunteers and skilled villagers, were focused with the tasks at hand and aimed to complete as many toilets as they could during their stay in this village.
Almost centrally located, the community hall was an ideal location as the HQ, where the volunteers ate and slept. Due to the close proximity with the villagers' homes, social and cultural interactions with the villagers at the community hall and at their homes were daily affairs. With the community spirit riding high, ten toilets were fully completed by the end of our stay and the foundations of the other 15 fully established.
In keeping with their tradition, a small celebration was organised by the villagers just before the team's departure. Tokens of appreciation were exchanged but gestures of friendships and camaraderie left a much deeper imprint on everyone.
We celebrated Raleigh Society's 10th anniversary yesterday with our Homecoming right in the heart of Singapore's youth scene - *Scape. Even the seemingly highly popular Cosplay event and the very passionate youths dancing their hearts out right outside our seminar room could not drown the good times that we had reliving the old experiences, reminising the old memories, and refreshing each other with our lives since our last expeditions. Nor did the persistent rain dampen the spirits of everyone present at our Homecoming, not even the kids present, who might have been initially distracted by Ironman in the Cosplay event outside but very quickly became absorbed in our family-friendly programme within our seminar room - aka Little Tikes mini playground (and a mobile "playground" called Sebastian, who could have doubled up as Superman as he carried the kids around the room).
Tiong Hock and Pauline shared their experiences during the 10th Anniversary Project to Ooty in India to construct barrier-free toilets for the disabled community there. Of course, the project was aptly named - Project Reli(e)ve. Eileen updated everyone on Raleigh Society's updated website, which can be viewed at www.raleigh.org.sg, as well as a couple of initiatives that we are embarking on in 2012 (including a new grant for youths to go for the International expeditions as well as an opportunity to volunteer with us together with Lakeside Family Centre). Everyone also had an emotional time (I hope!) looking through the old photographs of all our past expeditions and activities in the last 20 years, wishing we could look as young as we looked in the photographs, at our very own "Down the Memory Lane" corner of the room (with Victor's photographs, curated by Weilin).