| Faza Suraj |
DAVID Atthowe, also known as the ‘Nomadic Lion’, yesterday paid a visit to Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA).
The visit was part of his 2500km journey throughout Borneo Island to raise awareness about local environmental and humanitarian projects. A gathering of about 800 students received the 25-year-old Norwich, England-born environmentalist.
He delivered a talk titled ‘Follow Your Dreams’ to motivate the students through his personal experience gained during his travels. Anything is achievable through effort, this was David’s message to the students.
He told the students that he started his journey in Tawau, Sabah on August 22 and covered more than 1200km to reach Brunei. Throughout the 10 days in Brunei, people had been very welcoming and he could not be more thankful; he even met people who were kind enough to offer him supplies for his trip, David added.
David studied National Films and Ornamental Fish Management in the UK and started travelling and working abroad when he was 19 years old. He became an environmentalist, humanitarian and a naturalist, who is walking around the globe to inspire a positive change, which finally led to the founding of Nomadic Lion at the start of this year.
“Brunei has been very lovely towards me and I’d visit here again one day when there is another opportunity. I’d like to thank Brunei Tourism for giving me a warm welcome to this beautiful country,” David said.
When the Bulletin asked about if there was a place in Brunei where he’d like to stay longer, he said, “Labi, I’d like to just spend some more time walking around in the forest. Brunei certainly is one of the greenest countries I’ve ever visited.”
Few students accompanied him to cover some of the journey to Sg Tujoh Control Post from where he will move towards Sarawak, Malaysia and continue his Walking Borneo project.
The visit to the school was co-organised by Mewsum Wong from Raw Food Asia, one of the largest health movements in Brunei.