Baltic are helping Ollie raise the funds he needs to complete a World Challenge expedition with his school. We asked Ollie to write a follow-up blog post to keep us updated with his recent fundraising efforts, and what his trip entails.
Ollie’s World Challenge Blog Part 2
By Ollie Barrett
Since my last blog, the team and I have participated in a training weekend to prepare ourselves for the expedition. This consisted of two days of hiking, camping, and taking onboard useful information from our guide, Senga. This was very important as Senga is the guide who will be assisting us on the challenge - meaning establishing a level of trust is essential as she is responsible for our safety. As we progressed, we learned and developed some essential skills that we will require in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. These included: tent pitching, navigation, emergency shelter preparation, and also the lesser thought about skills like: food/resource management, and river crossings. The latter of which we will have to do a lot!
The weekend was tough and we were tired by the end but it was very valuable for measuring our fitness, and decision making.
It was a great success because we had to work as a team to overcome problems, and at the end of the weekend everyone seemed much closer. There is now a real team ethos which we will take into our expedition so that we can be as effective as possible in assisting the locals for our project.
More recently, we have conducted a fitness test which required us to run for 12 minutes and reach specified targets. Everyone passed comfortably, but we have talked about doing some more specific preparation closer to July (when we leave) - meaning walking in the Lake District or Pennines. This will allow us to get used to our new equipment and allow our bodies to adapt to long periods of walking.
My fundraising is going well. Since my last update, I have continued with my paper round, and sold Christmas novelties. Thank you to those who have bought them! I have also sold refreshments at school events, and held a quiz night. This consisted of bingo, quiz rounds, spot prizes, and a raffle - each spot prize was linked to the expedition. I contacted local businesses who were kind enough to donate prizes, including: Durham County Cricket Club, Passingtimes Café, Chester le Street Cricket Club, and Premier Insurance. It was a great evening for all involved and was very successful in pushing me towards the £3900 required as I raised nearly £300.
I am very much looking forward to actually getting out there! All of the preparation and fundraising is fun, and a good challenge but nothing will compare to setting foot in the Nicaraguan mangroves or the Costa Rican rain forest. It feels a lot closer now than when I first signed up in September 2016.
I can’t wait!
Until next time,