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Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund

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.

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Donations to date

R 516 529.07

Fundraising target

R 1 130 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 257 495.00

Donor Messages

Richmond MacIntyre
For Ian - Centocow: what's good for the goose is good for the gander
Border Collie
In Memory of Toby
Good luck Allen, especially with the Extreme Tri-athlon part of the event! 90km trail run, 2350km cycling, and then the Berg Riv Canoe Marathon? Respect!
Lets do it!
A small contribution towards a beter education for the kids of the FC

Activity feed

.FCSF Kit has created a new project Allen-R2R-2014
05 Jun 2014
.FCSF Kit has created a new project R2R - Allen
03 Jun 2014
Martin Ciolkosz has created a new project Martin 2013
05 Jun 2013
John Croasdale has created a new project John C - 2013
30 May 2013
George Evans has created a new project Freedom by Education
27 May 2013