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Freedom Challenge: Race Across SA

Freedom Challenge: Race Across SA

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The Freedom Challenge (FC) is a trail spanning the country from Pietermaritzburg to the Cape. Once a year it is raced: "Race Across South Africa" or RaSA. One of the rural schools along the route (associated with the Mariazell Mission) has been chosen as our beneficiary. The funds will be used for student bursaries and are awarded on merit.


Name Comment Date Amount
819 Fan Well done!! Aug 02, 2011 R 500.00
"Burry" For experiencing first hand that Molteno is the coldest place in the country. Apparently hit -13 around the time you passed there!! Jul 11, 2011 R 500.00
Lunch My part of the bill Jun 15, 2011 R 500.00
Philip Enjoy every minute. Jun 11, 2011 R 2 000.00
Anja I'm paying my fine for missing rides with you due to sleep ins Jun 11, 2011 R 300.00
Martina Thafalofefe Jun 11, 2011 R 1 000.00
Carine for that breakfast the other day :) Jun 09, 2011 R 500.00
Dennis Geniet dit en sterkte. Jun 03, 2011 R 300.00
Robin For baling the monday ride - let's pick them up again when you get back - that is if you want to get back on a bike after. Jun 02, 2011 R 1 000.00
Philip & Bella Also for not riding with you - see you next year! May 27, 2011 R 2 350.00
Dirty Brother jy doen wat? May 27, 2011 R 1 000.00
Broer Een broer het dus betaal, maar watter een???? May 27, 2011 R 1 000.00
jeanette Any excuse to take time off work! May 27, 2011 R 1 000.00
Jip Enjoy the experiance May 27, 2011 R 1 000.00
Kathy McShane You can do it Ben! May 27, 2011 R 500.00
Rodney & Gerda All the best Ben - enjoy! We'll be following you. May 26, 2011 R 300.00
Donovan Proud of u Ben May 26, 2011 R 600.00
Nico Visser To repay there hospitality, thanks. May 26, 2011 R 300.00
Troy All the best.......don't freeze May 26, 2011 R 500.00
“Frodo Bratwurst” Burnett and his wife Give it horns Ben! May 26, 2011 R 300.00
Borob Enjoy the adventure May 26, 2011 R 300.00
Mrs RoadRage Have a good one! May 26, 2011 R 300.00
Allen For not riding with you May 26, 2011 R 1 000.00
Roadrage Take it easy and have an awesome ride. May 26, 2011 R 300.00
Border Collie In Memory of Toby May 26, 2011 R 500.00
Rand per km Good luck & travel safe Feb 24, 2011 R 2 350.00
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Donations to date

R 20 200.00

Fundraising target

R 30 000.00

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.