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North Sea Rig Manager Gives Back in India

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RayBerryRay Berry, Performance Rig Manager for the GSF Arctic IV, is using some of his time off at the end of August to travel to Ladakh, India (on the border of India and Tibet), to help build a home and school for 40 young monks.

Ray will join a team of 11 people working for the Lotus Flower Trust, a charity that raises money to build homes, schools and orphanages for disadvantaged children (their families make less than $1 per day) in remote areas of India.

The team will begin their four-day trek to the building site on August 20, crossing Chang La – the third-highest navigable pass in the world – before arriving on the edge of the remote Chang Tang Plain to construct a 10-bedroom facility, complete with kitchen and six Tibetan-style toilets. Scheduled to be completed September 4, the new facility will allow the children, ages 5 to 16, to live – and learn – in comfort.

“Even getting to where the young monks live will pose many challenges – altitude being just one of them,” Ray said. “Scaling heights of 17,400 feet and working at 15,400 feet will be certainly a challenge, as I’ve never been above 8,000 feet – and that was skiing!”

The schedule is tight, but it can be accomplished, as Ray put it, “safely and on budget.”

Ray’s involvement with the Lotus Flower Trust began through people=positive™, a performance coaching company in Aberdeen that organized his team.

“I was already involved with charity work for Aberdeen Bon Accord Rotary Club and my local church and when the idea of helping these young monks was put to me, Ray said.

GiveBacktoIndia“I felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down, and the more I learned about the work of the charity, the more he wanted to get involved to help these children and their families.”

Participants in Lotus Flower Trust trips are required to raise a minimum sponsorship to participate, and cover travel and accommodation expenses. As of press time, Ray’s “people=positive” team had raised about £10,500 (about $17,000 USD) of the £15,000 (about $25,000 USD) project.

Projects are chosen in conjunction with local villagers. They are sustainable and have lasting benefit for the children. Plus, Ray says that the office of the Dalai Lama fully supports the Lotus Flower Trust.

Following his trip, Ray will provide us with photos and a personal account of the experience.

To make a donation to Ray’s team, visit www.justgiving.com/
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“All the fantastic support I have received from friends and colleagues around the world has completely surprised and overwhelmed me,” said Ray. “My sincere thanks for Transocean’s support. I will do my best to succeed and am really looking forward to getting the pictures of the new orphanage on the Beacon Web site.”

To learn more about the Lotus Flower Trust, visit www.lotusflowertrust.org.

 

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