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Freedom by Education

Freedom by Education

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The Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund provides 3 year scholarships for beneficiaries to attend the private school at the Maria Zell mission near Melehkalonyale in the Eastern Cape - an area the route passes through. A tradition has been started with each years participants seeking to raise funds that support a community along the route.

I would encourage you to do the same. Who knows, if you have not done so already, possibly some day you may also pass this way.




  • Jun 04, 2013 - R 100.00
  • "Good Luck!" - Nico & Elma van Heerden

  • May 28, 2013 - R 250.00
  • "This can get you started" - Allen

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Donations to date

R 350.00

Fundraising target

R 5 000.00

Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund

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Over the last number of years participants in the events arranged by the Freedom Challenge have expressed an interest in giving back something to the people along the route. After much consideration we have decided that a good starting point would be to establish an educational fund to benefit the scholars living along the Mehloding section of the trail. This section falls within the area formerly known as the Transkei and has been identified in various social development studies as one of the poorest parts of the South Africa.

The Fund offers a 3 year scholarships for promising students to attend the private school located at the Mariazell Mission just below the Malekhalonyane Chalets which is one of our support stations used for the Ride Across South Africa and Ride to Rhodes events.

We are now challenging the 2014 FC participants to let their mountain biking passion benefit the local communities that span the Freedom Trail. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute directly to uplift the knowledge and lives of individuals and communities through education.

The Fund is run under the auspices of The Freedom Challenge’s annual, extreme and unsupported, mountain bike race extending from Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town This is a project of the Freedom Trail Foundation.