Raleigh International’s 30th Anniversary Reception

26th September 2014

From Panama to Ghana, from Borneo to India – over Raleigh International’s 30 years we have worked in over 45 amazing countries with passionate volunteers from around the world. It’s with the extraordinary drive, integrity and courage of our 38,000 alumni that we have reached such a monumental anniversary and that we are able to celebrate achieving such exceptional impact over our last three decades. To mark the occasion, Raleigh alumni, staff and supporters joined together at the Mansion House, London, on Wednesday evening to celebrate Raleigh’s achievements and to look forward to our next 30 years.

Under the sparkling chandeliers of the Mansion House’s Egyptian Hall a little venturer make-over had taken place, bringing that famous Raleigh spirit to the evening. For amongst the grand pillars and paintings, the flutes of champagne and silver platters of canapés, were country tables showing photos of Raleigh volunteers on their projects in Tanzania, Borneo, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and India. Fresh faced young venturers manned the stalls sharing their recent Raleigh experiences with our 300 guests, comparing their times on projects. And topping it off was the Raleigh campsite centrepiece, complete with those old familiar tents, mess tins and hiking boots, which unite all Raleigh alumni with their common memories of expedition regardless of which country they went to or which year.

Alumni from the ‘80s and ‘90s swapped stories with young volunteers who had just returned from their Raleigh experience, and fond memories were shared amongst the generations.

The Egyptian Hall buzzed with excitement as alumni found long lost friends from expeditions and added photos to Raleigh’s ‘Alumni Memory Board’, which displayed photos of our many volunteers on their expeditions throughout the ages.

During the evening alumni gathered to listen to a collection of moving speeches from some of Raleigh’s most engaged alumni and supporters. Raleigh Trustee, the Lord Mayor of London Alderman Fiona Woolf, gave a rousing speech about her involvement with Raleigh International and her belief in its important work as a charity. She was followed by Raleigh alumnus Tony Buck, who gave a heartfelt speech about the long lasting impact his Raleigh expedition to Chile in 2002 had on his life, and how he continues to support the Partnership Programme by volunteering as an assessor today.

 In between the speeches two short films were screened, one showing Raleigh’s current work in Tanzania and the other sharing the experiences and memories of Raleigh alumni from around the world.

Jeremy Fish, a proud Raleigh alumnus and Trustee, rounded off the speeches and films by sharing memories of his expedition, and spoke to guests about the new exciting opportunities available for alumni to continue supporting Raleigh’s work, from volunteering at Raleigh’s UK events to signing up to support our programmes by becoming a Regular Giver.

The evening was a huge success with alumni and supporters from across the ages coming together in celebration and support of Raleigh International, past, present and future. A memorable launch of Raleigh’s 30th Anniversary year, the Mansion House reception has paved the way for Raleigh’s continued successes and future.

To find out more about how you can get involved with ensuring support for Raleigh’s future please email alumni@raleighinternational.org, and keep an eye on our Alumni Events page for similar upcoming alumni opportunities.