Toby Eaton-Baudains, 29 was an officer with Raleigh International. He lost his life in an accident in Sandakan last monday. Raleigh International is a British-based volunteer group that helps young people gain confidence and leadership by doing charity and voluntary work across the globe.
I’m in no way connected to Raleigh or even participated in their programmes but I do read about their projects in the rural areas of Sabah. I think they are a group of unsung heroes in our state.
Many times their achievement in building bridges and installing gravity-based water system for the rural folks who don’t have any proper water system weren’t highlighted enough.
I am glad that their operation doesn’t have to go through the black and white procedures of the government, these are the actual people who “turun padang” (go down to the field) and help those in need. And doing this so far away from their homes really shows their strength and honesty.
Rest In Peace Toby Eaton-Baudains, probably you’ve already done enough. Thanks for the work.
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