It was the year 1992, Raleigh Kuala Lumpur embarked on a remarkable quest to swim across the Malacca Straits - an incredible 60 kilometres in total; all in the name of raising funds to send Malaysian youths to Raleigh expeditions around the world.

By 2013, Raleigh Kuala Lumpur picked this challenge up once again and refurbished it as the Round Island Challenge where teams of 4 braved the raging waves of the South China Sea to participate in a total of 56km of swim relay around Perhentian Island, Terengganu, Malaysia. Later by 2014 till recent years, Round Island Challenge is challenged to a team of four – consisting of 2 swimmers and 2 kayakers, to kayak and swim to a total of 18km around Perhentian Kecil Island, Terengganu, Malaysia.

Despite the format being slightly altered, the whole purpose of this challenge stayed the same as the challenge was a means to raise funds to send Malaysian youths to Raleigh expeditions globally.

Ultimately, the main objectives of Raleigh Round Island Challenge is to:

  1. To challenge limits, to empower and to inspire youths to be the agents of change Raleigh KL is set to inspire a generation to be all that they can be; to awaken a sense of life-purpose and belonging, and to unite them as part of a global community who can work together to rise to the challenges of the world we live in.

  2. To encourage interaction between youths from all walks of life. We are committed to inspiring people from all walks of life, ages and nationalities, involving them more deeply with people, places and communities.

  3. To fundraise for Raleigh Kuala Lumpur activities. The funds raised will be channelled to facilitate Raleigh KL youth development activities and also to sponsor venturers to Raleigh International Expeditions abroad (Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Nepal and Tanzania) and locally (Borneo).