On August the 18th and 19th GVI volunteers participated in a fundraising event inspired by the Amazing Race reality TV show.
For two days they battled it out, covering every inch of Mahe island in a desperate bid to complete their tasks and make it back to the Cap Ternay research base. They fought the elements as the rain gods plotted against them, they fought each other, but most of all they pushed themselves to the limit.
Tasks included writing their team names on a beach at the south of the island, collecting breadfruit from high up in the trees, making their way to another island, snorkeling to a secret beach and posing for a photo with a cow! If it sounds odd, that is because it was and who knows what the locals thought as the contenders zig-zagged their way through the streets of Victoria in a desperate bid to have their photo taken while eating a burger sat on a Crocodile? In the end there could only be one winner and congratulations go out to the Sea Slugs. A combination of cunning and insider contacts seeing them home ahead of the Turtles and the Batfish in second and third. Despite the weather, the weekend was great fun, and we have come out the other side with stronger friendships and fond memories. Most importantly amazing funds were raised for the Presidents Village children home.
A massive thank you to all of the staff and volunteers for the all the blood, sweat and tears (we had all three) and for making the event such a success.
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GVI Charitable Trust Manager