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40 swimmers, 40 kayakers and 18 km in 11 hours

Two decades ago, 30 members of Raleigh Kuala Lumpur took on an unprecedented challenge of swimming 60km across the Malacca Straits.

This year, on 22-24 May, 20 teams of two swimmers and two kayakers will attempt to swim around Perhentian Island – a journey that will last 11 hours and a distance of 18km. The challenge will be undertaken in aid of creating a positive change in Malaysian youth. Prior to the event, the teams will have to endure long training sessions, including open water sessions, to prepare themselves for the risks, hard work and teamwork of the challenge.
Organised by Raleigh Kuala Lumpur, and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Raleigh Round Island Challenge aims to raise funds to send more Malaysian youths on life-changing expeditions, where they will learn to adapt physically and mentally to extreme environments, and contribute back to society by working with volunteers from all around the world in sustainable community and environment projects.
Raleigh Kuala Lumpur will launch the Challenge at Shah Alam Lake Gardens on 29 March with a trial run of two hours of kayaking.
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