The Orbis challenge for me was the most amazing thing I have ever done....the experiences, memories and friends I have made will last a life time. Seeing the different culture and way of life in Malawi was a real eye opener for me and puts a different perspective on life for sure. Truly happy people who don’t have a lot but make the most of what life has given them. The icing on the cake was Dame Kelly Holmes joining us....such a lovely inspiring lady with a beautiful soul and a friend for life I’m sure. As well as the challenges we did the trips and excursions were also amazing and gave us a great insight into life in Malawi. If anyone has the opportunity to go and experience this trip I would 100% say go for it....it will be life changing.
It’s hard to find the words to sum up exactly what The Orbis Challenge 2018 meant to me. From the moment I found out i’d got a place I was in shock and then focused that excited energy on a tough training plan. Having lived in East Africa for 3 years (a decade ago) I knew roughly what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for the wonder of the experience. Malawi is stunning, and the Malawians exceptionally warm-hearted and joyous people. We went to inspire them through sport and support their grass-roots nutrition project, yet they inspired us more than I can describe.The challenges themselves were crazy, in the best way possible.....seriously tough both mentally and physically, and the sense of achievement at the end was euphoric. This trip is not just a week in your life...it’s a lifetime of memories and a life changing experience. The friends and memories I made that week, I will treasure forever and this includes the amazing Dame Kelly Holmes, who is such a special person. Thank you to all who made this possible. And to anyone even contemplating doing The Orbis Challenge.....seriously don’t hesitate, apply now! Your special journey starts now!
There were so many unexpected highlights / surprises. Firstly the trip was as authentic as i think you could have made it, and that made the trip. The camaraderie of the team of people from Dom and yourself through everyone who looked after us. having a person like Dame Kelly become part of the team without any hesitation or ego. Being able to run with the talented Malawi runners and sharing that very touching ad hoc presentation of shoes afterwards was so memorable for me. (that interaction made the run memorable.) I have to say the challenges were superbly organised and the involvement of each of the specialist guys (cycle, kayak and running) was such a great way to become involved in the challenge. (the challenge against yourself, not necessarily any race )The very emotion trips to the community days ( Joseph and the students springs to mind.) The community days i found heart warming. emotional, levelling and spiritually motivational.If i had to try and sum it up, i would say that i was privileged to spend time with a special bunch of individuals that bonded through shared physical and emotional experiences with great humour, humility and human spirit.