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PJ Retief - 2013

PJ Retief - 2013

Personal message


I am a recent convert the religion of Mountain Biking and this
year I will again be taking part in the Freedom Challenge. This race is
arguably one of the toughest mountain biking competitions out there. The route
takes you from Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal through the most rural parts
of the Eastern Cape over the Maluti Mountains all the way to Wellington in the
Western Cape. The physical challenge is hard, the scenery breath taking and the
people are warm and friendly.

When riding through the countryside you are very much made
aware of your own privileged life and of the many people that are less
fortunate than you. There are so many people with huge potential but no the
means to fulfill it. For that reason the Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund was
established to help young people from the Eastern Cape to reach their full
potential by giving them access to quality education. Now as always, to make
this happen the Fund needs money, your money, and the more money we can get for
the Fund the more people we can reach and the bigger the effect will be. We won’t
be able to help everyone or fix all the problems in the system, but we are
doing our bit in creating a change for people through education.


Please do read about the people that we have helped and the fund

AND please make a contribution knowing that someone’s life will
be changed and they will be able to achieve their dreams.


  • Jun 16, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck, Jac! Hopefully the wind is at your back!" - Megs

  • Jun 15, 2013 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sterkte Jak en kyk na Arrie x" - G&M&M

  • Jun 14, 2013 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck!! Hope you perseverance be an example to us all!" - Kevin and Monique

  • Jun 14, 2013 - R 600.00
  • "May I one day be as clever as you! There's no hope for Diesel though." - Miss R & Diesel

  • Jun 14, 2013 - R 700.00

  • Jun 14, 2013 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck and good work!" - Friends

  • Jun 14, 2013 - R 200.00
  • "Sterkte!!!" - Riaan Jordaan

  • Jun 05, 2013 - R 1 000.00
  • "Respect, and ooh yes! The need for speed" - Turbo

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Donations to date

R 4 700.00

Fundraising target

R 7 000.00

Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund

Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund Logo

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.