Friday 14 November 2014
AN EASTERN WIND BEHIND THE SAILS OF TRICHALLENGE
Founder and Director of , and member of the Dongfeng Race Team
For us, the TriChallenge has a significant meaning. Firstly, we are incorporating the TriChallenge into our physical training program and team building initiative for the . Kit, Kong and Leo are part of the Around the World Sailing team crew and as I have already sailed around the world three times myself, I thought it would be a great inclusion to the team building and physical preparation elements for the guys. Dongfeng means “the eastern wind” and our ambitious team is represented by a crew that is half Chinese and half international. Our teammates overseas finished second in the first stage of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this month, sailing from Alicante to Cape Town. We who are entered in the forthcoming TriChallenge also recently won a division of The China Cup International Regatta., a relay-race over sea
All of that being said, we're more like a fish out of water when it comes to running and adventure races! The guys believe that on race day it will become very apparent that they are more in their competitive comfort zone at sea and are hoping that their knot-tying skills will at least give them some advantage in the raft building component of the ‘Sea Challenge.'
However, our reasons for participating in the TriChallenge are not purely competitive. Our team has a strong emotional reason for supporting ShelterBox as the event's chosen charity fundraising recipient. The relationship between survival in some of the most remote seaborne locations on the planet and dealing with extreme acts of nature have provided a small relative connection to this disaster relief initiative.
The world of professional ocean yacht racing is a strange contrast to people's usual reactions to storms; whilst many of us seek shelter from the impact of typhoons, our sailors chase them in search of new speed records or enhanced race fleet positioning. A year ago I skippered a 40foot catamaran to a new 'Around Hong Kong Sailing Speed Record', riding the effects of Typhoon Haiyan. However, celebrations were short-lived and became more subdued with every news report highlighting the loss of life and vast devastation that this superstorm had left across the Philippines. ShelterBox were the first disaster relief agency on the scene in this situation, offering critical survival and protection elements to those who had literally lost everything.
Our team is thoroughly looking forward to the impending TriChallenge event in just over a week's time and to fundraising for such a worthy cause. To support our team please donate generously via our .
Thursday 24 October 2014
TOP 10 FUNDRAISING TIPS
The IP Global TriChallenge 2014, though tough, promises to deliver day of great teamwork, personal achievements and dare we say fun..? But the challenge isn’t just about hiking across Sai Kung Country Park carrying a big green box. It’s about raising much needed funds and awareness that will support ShelterBox's disaster relief work worldwide.
- Inspire People. Great fundraising isn’t about asking people to give, it’s about inspiring people to give. Show them the ShelterBox's or send them ShelterBox's .
- Set up a Just Giving page. This is a great (and easy) way to fundraise online. Get started at the . Download ShelterBox's and JustGiving's guide on ‘ ’.
- Humour and emotion. Make your page noticeable and engaging. Add a bit about ShelterBox so people understand where their money is going.
- Add photos and videos. People are more likely to donate and also more likely to share your page with their friends too.
- Share on Facebook and Twitter. For extra support, join and tag the TriChallenge Facebook page and follow us on Twitter .
- Special Offers. If your sponsor is a UK taxpayer, ShelterBox can reclaim 25p of every £1 they donate from the government with Gift Aid. In Hong Kong, JustGiving's October Care Campaign means that when you press 'Care' with your donation, JustGiving with donate an extra $10 to your cause. It all adds up!
- Match funding. Many companies support their employees fundraising endeavours by matching the money they raise for charity - ask your boss.
- Get creative. You could host a Halloween party, a kareoke night, a dinner party... Look up ShelterBox's for even more ideas.
- Keep going. 20% of online donations are given after the event has taken place. Keep your page updated after you finish and remember, TriChallengers have until a month after the event to collect donations.
- Merry Christmas! The IP Global TriChallenge fundraising deadline is the 22nd December so instead of receiving ten pairs of socks this year, why not ask for donations as Xmas pressie instead?
Don't forget to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsors you!
Wednesday 23 October 2014
ONE MONTH TO GO!
Monday 22 September 2014
THINK LIKE A BILLYGOAT
IP Global tests the 2014 route
Marketing Director, Hong Kong
It’s Friday. The sun is out, it's a beautiful summer's day and the marketing department breathes a sigh of relief, for this is the day we experience for ourselves the route of our first ever scheduled for 22 November. We meet the team who are helping us with the event at Pak Tam Chung and amongst them are a few fit athletes ready to test the route with an empty in tow, for the very first time.
We head off in the company of five beautiful rescue dogs from local Sai Kung rescue shelter HK Rescue Puppies. They join us for the first part of the route, the Sea Challenge. We enjoy a brisk walk in the 33 degree heat past the wild cows, mossy lime kilns and the water's edge. We reach the shore, admire the view, watch people making rafts and conclude this is a great way to start the race.
I'm told that the route to the Air Challenge "has fewer paths and a few patches of mud". This is probably the single largest understatement I have ever heard. The dogs have gone home by this point. Pavement turns to path turns to mud turns to rocks. Hidden amongst the sub-tropical jungle is the vaguest of routes - a few ribbons on the trees mark paths that others have taken. Without them, it's easy to get lost. Just as I remark, "you've really found us the perfect, challenging route", I lose concentration as I talk, step on a large moss-covered rock and I'm down. My backpack absorbs most of the fall, but not quite all. Cuts on my hands and bruises elsewhere are added to the growing number of mosquito bites, attracted to my vegemite-free blood (according to the bite-free Australian who has joined us). We are still early on in the route at this point, so I (wo)man-up and we carry on.
We stop next to a ravine and the site of the abseil is pointed out to us. Gulp. We still have a long way to go and it's all uphill.
Crossing the ravine, it becomes obvious just how heavy the rains have been recently. The water is loud and fast-flowing. Our first attempt to cross is aborted and we move further up the river. Careful steps give way on slippery rocks and another injury - I stub my toes.
The jungle gets thicker, the path uphill is treacherous; steep rocks, muddy steps and no clear way through.
When we finally reach the base of the abseil site, 170 metres uphill, everyone stops for a breather. The athletes among us (I am not included in this) ascend to the very top complete with a to test the abseil site. Those of us too exhausted to make the final few metres watch at the bottom of the rock and wait patiently for the photos and video. I'm delighted. This is going to be the pinnacle of the day and I hope each participant will find the time to take in the moment.
I'm assured that in late Autumn, the route will be clearer, the rocks less mossy and the jungle a bit more subdued. But the best advice I can give to everyone participating in the IP Global is the advice I was given at the end of the day as we hurried back to test the Land Challenge before the sun went down; advice that would've been more useful at the beginning of the day, but good advice nonetheless: think like a billygoat. See for yourself. Nimble, sturdy and careful-footed, these incredible creatures would beat us all.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Our keen TriChallengers will be completing the Sai Kung Country Park course with an empty ShelterBox on their backs, but in reality the equipment isn't so light. We asked ShelterBox's Community Fundraising Assistant, Chandelle Randall, what goes into a ShelterBox and why...
The contents will vary depending on the location it is sent. This enables us to tailor the equipment to the needs of families in that area – for example, there will not always be a need for a stove and there’s no point sending mosquito nets to an area where mosquito spread diseases are not prevalent In addition to the custom designed family tent there may be:
- Thermal fleece blankets. These are fully waterproof.
- Waterproof groundmats.
- Water containers and a means for families to purify their own water. Clean water is imperative to survival and contaminated water supplies are life-threatening.
- A solid or liquid fuel burning stove. We want shelters to become homes and a stove is integral to any home. It is where water is boiled, food is cooked and families gather.
- Alongside the stove we provide pots, pans, cooking utensils, bowls, plates and mugs.
- A tool kit. The rebuilding process is fundamental to a family’s survival and our boxes contain the tools a family needs to take the first steps on the road to recovery. The tool kit enables a family to improve their immediate environment and, when possible, begin repairing and rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.
- A children’s activity pack. Small gifts for children help to restore a sense of normality. Children affected by disasters have often been subjected to high levels of trauma. Their worlds have been turned upside down and their day-to-day lives changes irrevocably. The children’s packs we provide contain drawing books, crayons and pens. For children who have lost all their possessions, these simple items become treasures.
- Mosquito net.
- Solar Lights.
- Warm hats, scarves and gloves.
- And… a durable plastic box that starts as a disaster relief box and can then become… a water container, a table, a cot for a newborn baby, a food store, a clothes chest, used for transporting other materials… and many more; several were once filled with books and carried around the local villages as a travelling library!
Each box is a freely given gift from those who donate to and contribute to the work of ShelterBox, offering shelter, warmth, comfort, protection and most importantly, hope and dignity to a family in need.
Thursday 07 August 2014
THEY WERE SURPRISED WHEN I SAID IT WASN'T FOR US
Marketing Director, Hong Kong
A few years ago I lived in Cornwall, in the UK. Whilst there, I came across the fantastic work of . I was impressed, particularly as a temporary Cornish resident, proud of what they were achieving - global disaster relief in the form of large green boxes, in which they store everything a family needs to survive, all organised from their head office in one of the most remote UK counties; a beautiful, inspiring place. This year and thousands of miles away from those Cornish shores, I suggested nominate as our global charity of the year. The alignment was a great one and I knew it was something the entire company in all of our offices could get behind. And so it was.
But what we really wanted to do this year was step things up a gear and do something larger, more meaningful, that would raise as much in fundraising as possible in one fell swoop. Whilst we're still doing some of the “smaller” initiatives, such as the and the more intense , we wanted to arrange our own, large-scale event that would work in such a way that it had the legs to grow and become something even bigger.
Inspired by 's Dartmoor Challenge, a two day event over 30km where teams carry a ShelterBox on their backs for the duration, we devised an alternative that maximised on the beauty and diversity of Hong Kong as more than just a World City. This place is alive with mountains, forests, beaches, islands and water; what better way to embrace this than with an event that combines air, land and sea? The was born; an event that would test people's minds and bodies, an event that would demonstrate the lengths to which will go to deliver aid. You only have to look on Google to see how committed they are to ensuring the arrives whatever way it can; by donkey, boat, raft, helicopter, plane or on people's own backs. At nearly 60kg each, that is no mean feat; even more so when you consider that these places have been destroyed by typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, even war.
I can only hope that through our event we can do our small part to raise the profile of this charity in Hong Kong whilst raising much needed funds for them. And underlying that commitment, I personally want this to be a great event - something that people talk about and something that becomes a feature on the HK events calendar. Who knows where it could go, but I am hugely excited about it.
Naturally, as part of that, I want Hong Kong and beyond to know about it, so we spoke to a couple of PR agencies to see what advice they could give us. I explained the charity and the concept of the event. They asked me what I wanted to achieve. "I want to raise the profile of in Hong Kong, I want to tell people about the event to get as many people signed up as possible so that we can raise as much money as possible and I want sponsors to feel proud of being part of something that was considered a great success in its first year."
"But what about for you? For your company?"
"What do you mean?"
"So, you're not doing this to sell more property?"
And in that question, she reminded me that I didn't actually work for the charity, or for an events company. I am a marketing director for a property investment company. I wondered, is that what I should be doing? Is that what the real professionals would be concentrating on? But no, it's really not about that, and nor should it be. I can hand on heart, genuinely say, this has nothing to do with selling property and everything to do with the family found living in a bus stop last week after Typhoon Rammasun destroyed everything they owned.
By Nicola Evans
Thursday 31 July 2014
IP GLOBAL TRICHALLENGE 2014
IP Global is excited to announce the launch of the first IP Global TriChallenge! Join us for a 10km endurance race across Sai Kung Country Park with challenges over air, land and sea in aid of international disaster-relief charity .
WHAT IS THE IP GLOBAL TRICHALLENGE?
A test of intelligence and strength by air, land and sea for international disaster-relief charity .
TriChallenge teams will race to carry empty ShelterBoxes across a 10km course through Sai Kung Country Park in the fastest possible time.
At several checkpoints throughout the race they will participate in team challenges over air, land and sea that have been designed to simulate the real difficulties faced by as they try to reach communities in crisis all over the world.
Date: 22 November 2014
- Registration at 8.30am
- Race starts at 9.30am
- Refreshments and award presentation at 4.30pm
Location: Sai Kung Start: Pak Tam Chung BBQ Site Finish: Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp
Spaces: 100 people competing in teams of four
Fundraising Target: Suggested fundraising target of HKD20,000 per team (HKD5,000 per person)
- Overall IP Global TriChallenge 2014 Champion - first, second and third place
- Air Challenge Winner
- Sea Challenge Winner
- Land Challenge Winner
- Most Outstanding Team Outfit
- Top Fundraising Team
Help us raise much needed funds to support the great work do all over the world.
Deadline for entries is 15 October 2014.
For more details look us up on and !