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I have signed up for the Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa (RASA) which is a non-stop unsupported mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg and ending in Paarl, outside Cape Town.

In 2009 a group of riders in this race were so moved by what they experienced along the route that they determined to assist the communities that they cycled through.... as a direct result a scholarship fund was created.

Now, each year the riders raise funds as part of the Freedom Challenge Event. This provides students from rural schools a 3 year scholarship to attend the Mariazell High School near Matatiele.

As one of the "Class of 2014", I would appreciate any contribution you could make towards allowing a child entrance into a school that would give them a chance at a future.

For more information about the fund, school and race, have a look at these sites... link to one of many blogs that can be found on the main Freedom Challenge web site link to info about schools in need of support the main web site, from where riders can also be tracked "live" during the race / adventure /....


  • Jun 23, 2014 - R 200.00
  • "Enjoy the Freedom , Enjoy the Challenge" - Charles Kruger

  • Jun 11, 2014 - R 300.00
  • "Sterkte Johan!!" - Ben de Lange

  • Jun 07, 2014 - R 100.00
  • "Go for it Johan, we are behind you." - Gavin van Schoor

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Donations to date

R 600.00

Fundraising target

R 1 000.00

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.