Gulf 4 Good

<em>Time Out</em> packs its rucksack, slips on its hiking boots, and joins a charity trip to Madagascar. Here's how it went

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‘Here’s to Mad...agasgar’ chirped the email from Gulf 4 Good’s challenge leader. It was this gung ho approach that made me fear The Great Madagascar Kayak (all 100kms of it) and wonder if it was just a little bit too far out of my comfort zone – both personally and physically.

But paddle in hand and bunch of strangers in tow, I set off to raise money – and awareness – for the uneducated masses on this African island.

The aptly named challenge (it was a fair slog around the coast) saw its fair share of blisters, sea sickness and (most importantly) a Dhs120,000 wad of cash go towards a new school.

Despite initial concerns, it was just a regular group of people joining hands in the name of good.

If you want to get involved in a Gulf 4 Good challenge, go to for more information. The Cycling Challenge 2009, which starts in Vietnam and ends in Cambodia, is from March 26 to April 4 and the fundraising mark is Dhs17,000. Call 04 368 0222 to book your place.

For more information on kayaking around Madagascar, email or go to

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