OR Fundraising Activities
It is not possible to publish details in Lusimus of all the great deeds done by Old Radleians in aid of charities but we are very pleased to put them online here. If you would like details of your fundraising challenge listed here then please do let us know.
Mongol Rallying for the Silk Fund
Total raised so far: £52,098.88 (including the matched funding)
Old Radleians Harry Clifton (Bligh), Jamie Farr and Will Caplan (all 2012) will be taking on the Mongol Rally this summer to raise money for the Silk Fund and are looking for your support.
In summary, the challenge involves driving one tiny, decrepit car containing three hulking teenagers (only speaking one language between them!) 13,500km across 19 countries, 5 mountain ranges, 3 deserts and 2 seas to the Republic of Buryatia in eastern Siberia.
The team gave their reasoning for supporting the Silk Fund:
"We recognize how incredibly fortunate we were to have been educated at Radley for a combined total of 15 years. We are grateful to have had such a fantastic opportunity, but equally aware that few are as privileged as us. Consequently, we would like to give something in return, to allow boys less fortunate than us to benefit from a Radley education.
The Silk Fund is a Radley charity that specifically helps those who show a good all-round ability but, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend the College. It enables them to access the amazing spectrum of opportunities and facilities that Radley has to offer. For these boys, the Silk Fund provides a truly life-changing opportunity and the three of us have seen the effect it can have first-hand.
On behalf of all of us and the boys we are aiming to assist through the Silk Fund, please accept our most gracious thanks for any support you feel you can give."
To support the invaluable opportunities that the Silk Fund provides, the team have set their fundraising goal at £29,700, an amount that would be the record amount of money raised by a Mongol rally team!
The Radley Foundation is committed to this venture and will match all donations that are raised pound for pound, through its other fundraising.
Not deterred by the scale of the challenge or their lack of mechanical and map-reading expertise, they depart on the 10th July from Hampshire and aim to complete the rally in Russia’s Far East around the 26th August.
The team name is Which Way's East? and updates on their progress will be posted on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to donate
Cycling for Rangers - Johannesburg to Nairobi
On the 6th April 2017, three ORs: Will Johnston (2007 H), Charlie Rose (2007 A) and Theo Bromfield (2007 A); are embarking on an 8,000 km cycle ride from Johannesburg to Nairobi passing through 9 countries and 10 national parks.
The boys are hoping to raise awareness for Wildlife Rangers across Sub Saharan Africa and have partnered with “For Rangers”, a fantastic organisation that channel funds directly into the most critical areas to support rangers. They have self-funded their bikes, flights and living costs so that 100% of donations go towards “For Rangers.”
The driving force behind this trip were the hard facts. Two rangers die a week worldwide and it’s very possible that we will see the extinction of rhino and elephant within our lifetime.
If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about the trip then please take a look at their website and Virgin Money Giving page where you can subscribe to the weekly newsletter.
The Silk Road to China - 2017
Young ORs Harry McGrath (2011, K), Charlie Betton (2011, D) and Harry Behrens (2011, B), are taking on a gap year with a difference - 10,000 miles along the silk road from London to Beijing. Departing on the 1st of April, they plan to navigate their way to China, negotiating boarders, deserts and mountain ranges alone to raise money for the Lotus Children's Centre in Mongolia. The Centre supports between 90 and 150 abused, abandoned or orphaned children helping them to rediscover their self-esteem, and to develop skills so that they are able to move on and lead independent lives in adulthood.
If you would like to sponsor this group of inspiring teenagers, please visit their donation page. You can also track their progress via their website.
Marathon Des Sables 2017
OR Alex Davenport-Jones (1988, B) and his brother Nick, are taking on the challenge of a lifetime - The Marathon Des Sables - a race of 156 miles through the Sahara dessert over 6 days in temperatures of 50˚C. The brothers are taking on this gruelling adventure to raise £40k for two amazing cancer charities. If you would like to donate (they are also seeking auction prizes) or to find out more, please visit their website.
Charles Stevens and Will Hsu (both 2010, C)
When one conjures up images of a gap year, cycling 10,000km from Beijing to Tehran is not usually the first thought that comes to mind. This is however what Charles Stevens and Will Hsu did in 2016, in aid of a small but inspirational charity - A Child Unheard. It is considered the longest, hottest, hardest and coldest cycling challenge in the world with fewer people having ever completed it than have climbed Everest. They aimed (unofficially) to be the youngest people ever to complete it at 18 and 19 years old. To find out more, and to donate, visit their website.
Tour de Force 2016 - supporting the William Wates Memorial Trust
A team of Old Radleians are donning their lycra for charity in 2016 to ride part of the Tour de France route as part of the Tour de Force cycling event in aid of the William Wates Memorial Trust - and you are invited to join them! Old Radleian Will Wates died during his gap year in 1996. 2016 marks 20 years since his death and 10 since the inaugural Tour de Force - a fundraiser set up by Will's family to enable them to award grants to charities that work with the UK's most disadvantaged young people, keeping them away from a life of crime and violence.
A hard core of once-Rugby-aces from Rick Wates' year (one of Will's 4 brothers) are heading out for the Grand Depart from Mont St Michel on Saturday 25th June to ride the first 2 stages of the tour one week ahead of the pro race. They will be joined on these and later stages by others from Will's own year as well as several more Old Radleians who can't resist a challenge. All Old Radleians are warmly encouraged to join the team, whether on the earlier flatter stages, or up into the mountains later in the route. You can choose to cycle anything from 2 to all 21 stages of the Tour de France route 2016, full supported. To find out more, visit their website www.tourdeforce.org.uk .