Raleigh Singapore does not just organized overseas projects. Over the years, our volunteers have initiated many local projects to give back to the local community. Project C.A.R.E 2002 is a round-island charity cycling event to raise funds for Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), Ling Kwang Youth Centre (LKYC) and Raleigh International venturers. In IMH Projects 2000-2004 our volunteers worked with IMH staff (doctors, occupational therapists, social workers) to organize activities for IMH patients.
These are the past overseas projects that have been organized:
Homecoming - Raleigh Society 10th Anniversary
Homecoming is Raleigh Society's 10th anniversary event. It was held at Scape. Raleigh members gathered to relive the old experiences, reminise the old memories, and refresh each other with our lives since our last expeditions. Many brought their families and kids. We had family-friendly programme within the 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. Everyone also had an emotional time looking through the old photographs of all our past expeditions and activities in the last 20 years, at our very own "Down the Memory Lane" corner of the room (with Victor's photographs, curated by Weilin).
Raleigh Regional Forum
Over the last decade, Raleigh societies in Singapore, Malaysia and HK have been actively pursuing many different adventure-learning avenues which ultimately contribute to the objectives of contributing to the community and youth development. Raleigh Singapore invited our counterparts in Malaysia and Hong Kong to come to Singapore for a forum session to share and to exchange ideas and developments. The forum was held on April 2nd – 3rd, 2005 at YMCA Singapore.
Rakan Raleigh 2005
As part of Raleigh Society's continuous effort to serve the Singapore youth community and develop the learning capacity of our volunteers, the Society embarked on a mentoring project with Jamiyah Children Home between April and October 2005. This was led by Bernice Lee, Lee Eer Ling and Tay Chiew-Boon. The project, Rakan Raleigh, involved 2 groups of youths – 30 teenage youths from Jamiyah and 15 young working adults, who volunteered as mentors to the teenage youths.
The project brought the mentors and the teenage youths together through a series of adventure-based activities such as dragon boating, treasure hunt, rock climbing, obstacle courses, and an outdoor camp. During this six-month outreach program, the working youth volunteers developed friendships with the teenage youths based on support and trust; and acted as their mentors as they go through a series of adventure-based learning activities which were aimed to improve self-confidence, self-esteem, promote sense of achievement, develop leadership and social skills, and foster sense of belonging and teamwork. The passion and desire to make a difference in someone else’s life was the cornerstone of this project. Our mentors serve this cornerstone. By providing adequate training, we want our volunteers to be life-long mentors to touch more lives. For the youths, they may one day be effective mentors and role models to other disadvantaged youths. That will be the real success factor of this project.
Let's Take a Walk l (1997)
The very first Let’s Take A Walk was conceived in 1997 after a group of Raleigh volunteers were inspired by Fyona Campell’s Round the World Walk. Led by Ong Ling Lee, they banded together to organise the round-island walk which would also raise funds for the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore. The aim was to raise $36,000 by walking 36 hours, 130 km around Singapore. This inaugural walk began on Dec 30, 1997 and ended on Jan 1, 1998 – a memorable and meaningful way to mark a New Year.
The team of 20 Raleigh volunteers and 20 core walkers had no prior experience of organising such an event. They took about four months for the event and route planning, fundraising, logistics preparation, and even physical training for the arduous challenge. The event was flagged off by Mr Chan Soo Sen, then parliamentary secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Community Development. The core walkers who started walking earlier were later joined by some 80 public walkers and friends from the association who cheered them on to finish the challenging walk in pouring rain.
Lakeside Family Centre 2012 - 2013
Raleigh Society collaborated with Lakeside Family Centre on a programme to engage the youths during the Centre’s drop-in session on various fun and meaningful activities. These activities were carried out in the evenings of the last Friday of every month at the Youth Corner at Lakeside Family Centre. Lakeside Family Centre provides services to children, youth and families in the key areas of counselling and financial support.
Rakan Raleigh 2007
With the successful pilot run and pioneer batch of Jamiyah youth, Raleigh carried out the second installment of Rakan Raleigh in 2007. Based on the same concept of a six-month adventure learning programme, a new batch of Jamiyah youth were selected and mentored by a group of working adults, who were guided and assisted by the first batch of mentors from Rakan Raleigh 2005. This time, the project was led by Bernice Lee, Lee Er Ling and Daniel Tan.
Project Climb On 2002
Project Climb On, led by Chua Chee Beng, was organised with the intention of giving youths (17-18 years) from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) the chance to pair up with younger youths (13-15) from the Boys Town, an institution that provides boarding and residential care for boys from large, troubled, single parent and financially needy families.
The intention was to give the ITE students (who are members of the school’s rock climbing team) an empowering opportunity to mentor younger youths from Boys Town. It would also give those from Boys Town a chance to form trusting relationships with older peers whom they might identify with. After an induction camp, they trained together on a regular basis, and with help from facilitators, organised a public event Beyond Everest where they took turns to climb an artificial rock wall for 24 hours that equalled the height of Mt Everest, raising funds for charity in the process. The team then went on to an actual climbing excursion in Krabi, Thailand. The entire project spanned nearly a year.
Let’s Take A Walk II (2004)
The second seven years later when another group of volunteers, led by Dennis Chai (Chile 98H), felt “crazy” enough to attempt the feat again. After almost 6 months of intensive planning by about 10 Raleigh members, Let's Take A Walk took place during the weekend of 26-27 June 2004.
The 100-km walk commenced at 7.30am on 26 June from Dover Park Hospice, one of the beneficiaries of the fund-raising event and ended at 11am on 27 June at Suntec City Fountain of Wealth. The event brought 450 walkers, in groups of at least four, to walk from the central to the west, north, east and finally south of Singapore. Along the way, enthusiastic and cheerful volunteers and supporters were on hand to provide moral, nutritional and comfort support. Food baskets and drinks were readily provided. There were even masseuses on hand to provide comfort and relief to aching and tired muscles. After the two- day event, a total of S$37,208.61 was raised for the two beneficiaries - Dover Park Hospice and Singapore After-Care Association (SANA).
Rakan Raleigh 3
Raleigh Society started a new mentoring project with Boys’ Town. Volunteers are given the opportunities to mentor 18-20 boys through adventure-based activities over a period of 9 months. Activities frequency is around once every 2-3 weeks. Boys’ Town provides lodging and residential care for boys aged 11-18 who come primarily from large, troubled, single parent and/or financially needy families.
IMH Projects 2000-2004
After coming back from Operation Mingalaba in 1999, a group of volunteers has embarked on a community project with the Institute of Mental Health from 2000. They have been working with IMH staff (doctors, occupational therapists, social workers) to organize activities for IMH patients. Their objectives are: to raise mental health awareness among volunteers and public, to de-stigmatize mental illnesses, as well as to create opportunities for psychiatric patients to be involved in social and recreational activities outside of hospital setting.
In 2000, a visit to the Zoological Gardens was organized for a group of 40 patients from the chronic wards. In 2001, another group of patients made a trip to Marina South to participate in telematch and kite-flying activities, which was followed by a steamboat dinner. The following year 2002, the patients had the privilege to take the MRT to Changi Airport under close guidance by the volunteers and IMH staff. This event was followed by a barbecue dinner at IMH premise. In year 2003, they had the privilege to work with the Early Psychosis Intervention Program patients and went on a city treasure hunt together. In recognition of the group effort, IMH awarded a Group Long Service award to Raleigh Society in October 2004.
Project C.A.R.E 2002
This round-island charity cycling event, led by Boey Lai Wan, was held on September 22, 2002. The beneficiaries of this event were the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), Ling Kwang Youth Centre (LKYC) and Raleigh International venturers. The target was to challenge bikers to complete the 130km route within 12 hours. A total of 364 bikers (259 full-island; 105 half island) from the general public took part in the event and 295 of them completed the route. In addition, there were 22 representations from LKYC and 12 representatives from HWA; Mr Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State (Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Community Development and Sports) graced the event and cycled the last 13km of the route with the rest of the bikers. The project was supported by Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore Sports Council, Singapore Pools (Partner in Sports), Singapore Amateur Cycling Association and National Parks.
Let’s Take A Walk IV (2008)
This installment, led by Chan Peng and a group of 14 dedicated volunteers, took place on Dec 20 and 21, 2008. The committee worked for months to roll out road shows to publicize the event, and organised walking clinics and training walks to prepare participants.
The walk attracted the largest number of walkers since the inaugural 1997 event. Together, the 907 walkers raised $55,000 for the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) and for Raleigh Society’s upcoming expedition Operation Vannakam 2009. They were also joined by 59 beneficiaries and volunteers from MINDS who walked the final 3km from The Esplanade to the end point at the Singapore Management University, bringing the total strength to almost 1000.