On Friday 22nd May 2015, a group of 20 Explorers, Scouts and Cubs, together with 3 of their Leaders, undertook a physical challenge to stay awake for 1 hour throughout the night, to raise funds for the Nepal relief efforts.
This wasn’t easy, especially since we had all (well most of us!) been at school and work all day before the challenge began at 6.00pm. The idea was to witness what it feels like to suffer and endure hardship and, as we found, sleep deprivation is very tough.
We were all smiles at the start of the evening! And managed to remain cheerful throughout, even at 3.00am when sleep was calling. A series of hard graft challenges, including searching for fire wood, shifting rubble, cooking our survival rations, raft building to ferry our families across a swollen river and shelter building helped to keep us awake. We even had to look after four ‘orphaned’ children during the activities. One of them needed CPR after falling into the river!
Everyone rose to the challenge. Despite feeling extremely tired, especially from 3.00am onwards, we fought the urge to lie down and sleep and succeeded in staying awake until 6.00am. For most of us, this was the first (and possibly the last) time we have stayed awake all night. There was a real sense of empathy for those suffering in Nepal, and one child, when asked if they needed help, replied “the children in Nepal wouldn’t get help” and carried on by themselves!
To date we have raised over RM6000, but we are still waiting for more sponsorship money to come in. We will support the International charity Shelterbox GBP590 (RM 3,300) by purchasing one Shelterbox.
Congratulations to all who took part – you did yourselves proud! And thanks to all who supported the cause with donations.
Assistant Principal, Pastoral