Gift Certificates – How to order one!

The perfect gift this Christmas!   Do you want to make a donation to Kids for Kids on behalf of a loved one this Holiday Season?  Here we show you exactly how you can – and receive a fantastic Gift Certificate to give them!

  1. Visit our website and choose the gift you would like to give.  This can be absolutely anything from a Goat,  Donkey,  Mosquito Nets,  Farm Tools,  Education for a child for the year, or anything else you desire!
  2. Make your donation online. As you check out, the website will ask you for any ‘Order Notes’ you may have. In this box please write details of the Gift Certificate(s), including the spelling of all names. Please include To, From, and any other message you would like. Please also detail where you would like it emailed or mailed.
  3. We create a Gift Certificate just for your loved one!  The perfect gift – a gift that gives on.

We give your gift to a family in Darfur, and create a personalised Gift Certificate for your loved one. All our projects are sustainable so your gift will go on to help more and more families each year.

Kids for Kids is helping people to help themselves, stay in their homes, and give children a chance at a better future. Our sustainable projects lift families out of poverty and transform whole communities long-term.  Every donation you make this Holiday Season will help us to continue our life saving work in Darfur and adopt five new villages in 2019. 2018 was one of the most difficult year’s we have seen in Darfur, with drought and then famine leaving families hungry for most of the year. For the first time, Kids for Kids had to provide emergency aid and in 2019 we will have to help families rebuild. Your support this time of year will make certain we are giving families the best possible chance next year.

If you have any questions or need any additional help please email contact@kidsforkids.org.uk or ring Sage Lancaster on 07528 194495.  We are more than happy to help!

Planning a children’s party?

We know how time consuming it can be to plan your children’s parties each year – and so does Little Sharers!   New gifting and party planning service Little Sharers is aiming to change the way we look at gifts for kids’ parties. Founder (and mum to two daughters) Alexandra is no stranger to the world of birthday parties, and saw a way to cut down the party to-do list for both planners and guests, cut down on excess and duplicate gifts, and support charities close to our hearts at the same time. Kids for Kids is delighted to be a Little Sharers Charity and we are thrilled that children in the UK are celebrating their birthday’s and helping children their same age in Darfur in the process.

Here are 3 Key Reasons to Give your Kid’s Party a Charitable Twist:

1. Everyone saves time

Busy parents receive the invitation in their inboxes, and can RSVP and take care of the gift at the same time, there and then, from their smartphone. Magic!

2. Everyone cuts down on waste

Rather than a table groaning with hastily-bought gifts, the half of the party fund that goes to the organiser can be put towards something the child will love. Not only is this a fantastic reward for their charitable giving, but it means each guest has contributed to a truly loved gift, rather than a pile of presents which run the danger of possibly never seeing the light of day once unwrapped on party day.

3. Kids are empowered to affect change

Introducing kids to the work of charitable organisations at an early age is a fantastic way to encourage their engagement with issues they care about. They will be confident in their ability to make a difference to a charity, and will understand the importance of their contribution, no matter how small.

No child is too young to make a real difference in the world, and Little Sharers introduces your young ones to this in a magical way. It is such a fantastic idea to throw a party for a child here and have it help children in Darfur who have not only never had a party of their own, but have never even had a toy to play with. So visit the Little Sharers website, talk to your child about the importance of throwing a party for Kids for Kids, and start planning the best birthday part ever!  https://www.littlesharers.com/

Fishing for Goats brings in big reward!

Saturday the 13th of October marked our annual Fly Fishing Event: Fishing for Goats! – and what an extraordinary day it was. We were blessed with summer conditions, still waters, blue skies, and absolutely beautiful for October. Although this did not make the fishing very easy, everyone had a fantastic time and have said they want to come again next year!   Early warning for next year’s fishing date –  Saturday 12th October 2019!

Despite not receiving any sponsorship this year, our guests enjoyed themselves so much that many donated even more than the ticket price, leading us to raise the most funds ever for our fishing day – a fantastic £1,988.51!  This amount has enabled us to provide 30 more Urgent Need Packages of sorghum flour and seed, plus 12 goats of course, to families still at risk of starvation in Darfur. This has been one of the worst year’s to date and we are so grateful to our wonderful supporters for helping us to provide emergency help to people suffering the famine. We are not an emergency organisation, but when no one else is helping families in rural Darfur villages we have had no choice – we cannot let people or animals starve.

So grateful to our wonderful fishing instructors, the Surrey Committee for organising the event, and chefs that provided all our fishermen with delicious breakfast, lunch, and kept them supplied with tea and coffee throughout the day.  Thank you so much to all who joined us! Please spread the word about our annual Fly Fishing event, and make sure you get some friends on board to join you next October.

Rotary Club Donates £1,000 For Jerry Cans!

Earlier this year, Patricia Parker MBE, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO visited the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield and gave a presentation about the life saving work that Kids for Kids does.  Patricia was delighted to be visited recently by Club President, Alec Landauer, and Sue McMillan from the International Committee, at her home in Dorking and presented with a cheque for £1,000 to be spent on Jerry Cans!  “What a wonderful surprise this was!” said Patricia, “Families are in desperate need of jerry cans right now for the first time ever so this is the perfect donation.”

2018 is the first year we have ever known that families have been sharing the use of a jerry can to fetch water. Women like Halima from Um Jum Jum, a village we adopted this year, has been sharing her neighbour’s jerry can because hers had cracked some time ago. Sharing a jerry can also means sharing the precious water you have walked miles across the desert to collect – the only water your family will have that day.  How could you part with it?

The wonderful donation from the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield is enough to buy 130 jerry cans, meaning one for almost all of our new beneficiary families in our five 2018 villages!  We are thrilled.  If you too would like to donate a jerry can, please do not hesitate to do so – every jerry can donated will be put to use, allowing families to collect more water daily.  Donate a jerry can now.

Graham Tackles Normandy By Bike

Update: Graham’s cycle is now complete! On Monday 5th November Graham was live on BBC Radio Solent – click here to listen.

This month, long time Kids for Kids supporter, Graham Baynes is cycling 250 miles around Normandy with his grandson, Jamie and fundraising in the process! Since 2006, Graham has taken on cycling challenges yearly, cycling all over the United Kingdom!  From the West Country in 2010 to Edinburgh in 2014 and Wales in 2015 Graham is now taking his bike over to France to spend a week cycling in Normandy.  What a fantastic man!  Over the years Graham has raised thousands of pounds for Kids for Kids – saving and improving the lives of thousands of children living in the most impoverished conditions.   It is difficult to say thank you properly to Graham, his family and his supporters.   The amazing challenges Graham sets himself – with his 85th birthday coming up later this year! – inspires us all.

We asked Graham for some details about his upcoming cycle:

“The 2018 route is from Poole, through Cherbourg to the bottom of the Cotentin Peninsula, and thence to Arromanches (including its splendid museum of the Landing Beaches), and Pegasus Bridge, viewing beaches and cemeteries en route.  Thereafter it will be Bayeux, to see the tapestry, and a stop on the way back to visit a hamlet called Baynes.  (Apart from the name, there is no known link.) The return will be through Carentan and Cherbourg to Poole, with the hopes that both Ferry trips will involve kind weather. The total distance for my grandson Jamie and me over the 5-day period 22-26 October should be 250 miles.”

But how did Graham get started fundraising for Kids for Kids all those years ago?  We are delighted to share with you his story – an absolutely heart warming account of a cycling journey that began when Graham was 72 year’s old.

“It was my wife, Nancy, who came across Kids for Kids, and it happened that one of my sons-in-law planned to ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats shortly afterwards.  He invited me to pedal with him in 2006, and I said Yes, without thinking too much about what it would involve.  At 72, I needed to get fit to cover the nearly 1,000 miles at 75 miles per day, which concentrated the mind on whether the decision was the right one, as I had done nothing of this nature since being a lad.  I had no intention of looking for sponsorship – it was the ride which counted – but others said I should make use of the opportunity, so I decided on Kids for Kids.

Sponsorship came mainly from the local churches and the orchestra to which I belong, and it turned out to be a profitable venture, raising about £3,600 for this one cycle. Having regained enthusiasm for cycling, and with the thought that I could do more for the charity, I made the ride an annual fixture. Over the last dozen years this upcoming trip will be my third venture into France.  During the first (solo) one, a French couple saw my banner and subscribed some euros, which were both welcome and a surprise.  The second cycle followed the route of the Tour de Manche – or tried to do so.

Some of my rides have been solo; others with my usual weekly cycling partner, Terry Holder, who accompanied me to Bradford Cathedral one year, to let them know what Kids for Kids does in their linked Diocese of Sudan. He has supported me around Wales and to other areas. Members of the family joined me on my 80th birthday ride: 500 miles from Wareham to Edinburgh, finishing in the building where I was born.  They also (including  one daughter with secondary cancer) came on the Hadrian’s Wall circuit last year.

I have been asked about training.  I don’t train – I enjoy cycling and go out regularly, to include a trip of 50 – 70 miles each week.  I then base the annual ride on what I think I can manage. It has worked so far.  My weekly ride is in Dorset, where the hills tell you what you are capable of.  A day will generally include between 1,600 and 2,500 feet of climb.  Terry and I are agreed that, if we can get from sea level to the top of the steep hill in Portland (some 400’) without getting off, we can survive a few other challenges.

What do I wear, and what sort of bike do I use?  If I were to train, I might consider Lycra.  As it is, I have no background as a ballet dancer and wear, what my family describe as, my gardening clothes.  The bike is heavy, but reliable.  The ride from Land’s End, with cycle and luggage weighing 40% of my body weight, did, though, teach me a sharp lesson in minimising baggage. And no, I don’t take a tent.  At least I still have enough sense to let somebody else provide a bed and breakfast.”

“Is it worth it?  From my estimate of £20,000 for 6,700 miles over the last 12 years, the reader must judge.  I believe it is.”

Graham would like a north wind on the first day and south for the rest of the journey! Do keep your fingers crossed for him. If you would like to make a donation toward’s Graham’s upcoming cycle, please visit our Donate Now page, mentioning ‘Graham 2018’ at checkout. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Terry rises to a Challenge in one of the most difficult years in Darfur

Last month, Terry Neale cycled the 53 miles from London to Brighton to raise funds for Kids for Kids.  That was challenge enough but on top of that he raised a staggering £2,149 – fantastic!  Patricia Parker MBE, CEO and Founder of Kids for Kids said, “It is such a delight to have Terry supporting our work.  This time he has gone above and beyond!  There is so much preparation that goes into a challenge like this, plus the fundraising, and to raise so much is just brilliant and so important now when children are so hungry. What he has raised means we can provide 47 families with an Urgent Need Package of flour and seed that will not only feed them now until the harvest but they will have seed to plant for next year too.   So grateful!”

Sponsored events make up a large amount of the total funds that come in, and are incredibly important to our work because every single penny goes directly to helping children in Darfur.  Are you interested in taking on a challenge? Is there something you’ve wanted to do but haven’t had the opportunity or courage yet?! Check out our Challenge Ideas  or get in touch if you have an idea of your own! We are happy to support you and publicise your fundraising work in any way we can.

Below, Terry shares with us his experience taking on this fantastic cycling challenge.  It is sure to inspire!

“In an impulsive moment in May this year, I decided I would do the London to Brighton bike ride to raise money for Kids for Kids. At least I was not so impulsive to rush into it.  I needed time to prepare, so opted for the September ride instead of the bigger one in June. Luckily for me, the weather for my ride was perfect. Cloudy but mild without any rain and very little wind – just a bit of a headwind on the the last part. The June one was in the middle of a heatwave – phew! A lucky escape.

I had no formal training plan or schedule to prepare for the ride although there is an elaborate scheme on the organiser’s website. It looked fine if you were some sort of highly organised fanatic but I decided to just do what I could. This involved a lot riding on the exercise bike at home much to the bemusement of my wife as the times got longer and longer. At least it is possible to listen to music or read on an exercise bike but a bit hazardous on the road.

I joined a local cycling club and went out with them a couple of times before the ride. It became clear on the first ride that the old mountain-bike I had been lent was not exactly ideal. It was very heavy and had to go. I managed to get a used bike from a local cycle shop which was made of carbon fibre and hence very light – which came in very handy not only for the ride but also at the end – as you will see.

The day before the ride, I discovered that my plan to take the bike on the train from my home in Brighton to Clapham Junction and then cycle to the start on Clapham Common (an extra two miles – aaargh!) was not going to be possible. The train companies decided to ban all bikes on trains out of all stations near Brighton up as far as Gatwick on the day of the ride! Wife to the rescue and Susie was kind enough to get up early on a Sunday morning and take me, and the bike, to Redhill for a train at 7.07.

I arrived at the start at about 08.00 with some trepidation. Would I be able to keep going to the end? How fast should I ride? If I went too fast initially, I might run out of steam later. Would there be so many riders that accidents were going to happen? Jockeying for position was not something I had trained for. There certainly seemed to be plenty of riders getting ready to set off. We had been told there was no starting order and, as long as we got going between 06.30 (yes, really) and 09.00, that was all that mattered.

We were released in small groups due to the car traffic still flowing around the common and I ended up with a bunch of riders wearing the same shirts – except me, of course. As we wound our way out of London, we got more and more strung out – and not just on the road. After 10 miles, there was a welcome water stop where those who had not had anything for breakfast could get a snack and hot drink. As I had eaten an enormous breakfast and couldn’t even contemplate eating any more, I had a quick breather, and some water, and I was on my way.

I soon saw my first accident – a young woman had not seen a rather indistinct curb and come off her bike. She appeared to have landed quite heavily on her knees. There were plenty of people around her to help so I pressed on.

Another water stop was available after 17 miles and I have no recollection of it at all – must have been concentrating!

A few miles further and there was another accident – a man had come down a steep descent and skidded on the gravel scattered on the road as it turned to go through a railway bridge. I think he must have hit the wall. Again, he had support around him so I carried on with a vivid image of his gravel-embedded grazes in my mind. A timely reminder to watch out for changes in the road surface which generally seemed to have been set up by the Highways Department as a challenge. What is a slight bump in your car is a real hazard on a bike.

After 30 miles, the lunch stop appeared at last! Even though it was still before 11.00, everyone was hungry! I would have got going again sooner but couldn’t resist the choice of puddings (how unlike me, I hear you say!) and joined a lengthy queue. Suitably stuffed, I set off again. Only 24 miles to go – including the dreaded Ditchling Beacon, a mile-long grind up a steep gradient, just on the outskirts of Brighton and after 44 miles of riding.

I had twice ridden out of Brighton up the hill to the top of Ditchling Beacon, down the other side and then attacked the ascent as a practice for the ride – part of my detailed training regime. I made it up on both occasions but that was not after riding 44 miles. I was far from certain I could do it without getting off and walking. The road started to ascend and I heard a young woman call out to her friend “Is this it?” I cheerfully called out “Yes, but it gets steeper!”. Didn’t seem to go down well. The further up I went, fewer and fewer riders were still on their bikes. It did seem to go on forever. Slowly (very slowly!), I crawled up to the top. What a feeling of achievement! I made it in one! A couple of bottles of water, a quick text to my family and huge crowd of supporters (3) to let them know when I was going to finish and I was off again. Nearly all downhill from here.

On the home straight along Marina Drive, a man came up alongside and, for no discernible reason, started to tell me his life story. He seemed very proud to have finished the ride at the ripe old age of 54. I felt it would be unkind to tell him I was 68 and accepted the fact that he must have thought I was younger than he was with grace.

A bit of a sprint towards the finish line and it was finally all over. My cheering family were just beyond the line and I thoughtfully pulled over to do my Lewis Hamilton impersonation and give them all a hug. Unfortunately, a lady on her bike was just behind me and didn’t seem to expect me to stop. She just managed to stop in time but didn’t seem impressed. Little could spoil my feeling of elation, however, and I quickly dismounted to go in search of some amber liquid refreshment. The end of a memorable day!”    Terry Neale

 

Please get in touch if you would like any help setting up your own fundraising challenge!

Archbishop of Wales Honours Kids for Kids

Patricia Parker MBE, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO, was welcomed to Brecon Cathedral on Saturday 15th for a Service honouring the charities chosen to benefit from the Archbishop’s 2018 Lent Appeal. The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies,  welcomed representatives from Faith in Families, Hay, Brecon & Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees, and Carers Wales,for the service celebrating the World Mission of the Church and – Kids for Kids! – affirming their Commitment to Service.

“I was thrilled the Archbishop chose to support Kids for Kids this year,” said Patricia Parker. “It has been one of the hardest years in Darfur that I have ever known.  Families endure lives of enormous deprivation but when drought and famine hit them they have little resilience. The magnificent sum of £2,466. 50 raised by the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon during their Lent Appeal for all the churches in the diocese has enabled us to help families in dire need who have had no access to food all year. What a beautiful service.    It was a privilege hearing about the amazing work carried out by the other charities too.   Thank you everyone in Wales.   A special thank you to the Reverend Paul Shackerley, Dean of Brecon Cathedral, for recommending Kids for Kids to The Bishop.   This means a great deal to me”.

If any church would like to support Kids for Kids this Harvest Season, we would be thrilled to hear from you. Do read our Harvest Appeal to find out more about why families need our help right now during the Hungry Months.

 

Totnes Churches Help Children in Darfur

On Sunday 16th September, St John’s Church in Totnes held a service in aid of Kids for Kids at St Mary’s Church, welcoming Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO, as guest speaker. A great supporter over the years, Liz Waterson, has encouraged St John’s to hold numerous collections for Kids for Kids and this weekend was particularly special. “It was beautiful” Patricia said. “Members of the Church and congregation read out the prayers from all corners of this beautiful historic church, creating a powerful atmosphere,  and bringing together people to help change the lives of children in Darfur who are completely forgotten.”

It is truly perfect timing for St Mary’s and St John’s to announce their support for Kids for Kids. Children in Darfur are living through what locals call The Hungry Months because there is rain but no food. After suffering famine all year, there will still not be a harvest for a few more months, if there is one at all. We have been providing Urgent Need Packages for families who have been worst-hit by the famine to ensure that no child starves.  Do take a moment to read the beautiful prayer below, written for Kids for Kids and the children of Darfur.

Funds raised will enable us to provide food immediately to families who have nothing at all to eat, as well as continue adopting new villages in Darfur and bringing our sustainable projects to more communities in need.

If your church is interested in supporting Kids for Kids during the Harvest Season, we would be very grateful. Do read more about The Hungry Months, and see our 2018 Harvest Appeal. Please get in touch if you would like a copy of the above prayer leaflet or have any questions: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk / 07528 194495.

Empowering Women

Hassina is 40 years old and has six children, three of them under the age of five. Last year there was drought in Darfur, which meant Hassina and her family had very little food to eat, and sometimes went days without any food at all. With no food, no way to earn an income, and the closest source of water miles away, Hassina has not been able to send her children to school.  Her youngest daughter is malnourished. Lack of nutrients at such an early age, when children are still growing, can be devastating. The colour of her hair has turned from dark to light because of the absence of protein.  This is just one of the visible signs, but with no help, she is at risk of suffering physical and cognitive impairment for her whole life.

“When it rains I can grow millet, okra, vegetables, watermelon, ground nuts, and sesame” says Hassina. “My family can eat these items and sell some to purchase other food. When it does not rain I cannot get milk or meat for my children, and we must eat very poor food.  Now we have been eating assida, which I make from sorghum and haven’t had anything to add to it.   No milk, no vegetables and no meat.   I worry for my children’s health.”

Earlier this year, in addition to focusing on providing aid to help families in our villages suffering famine, Kids for Kids was also able to adopt five new villages in Darfur. Hassina’s village, Teiga, was selected, and Hassina was named one of our first generation beneficiaries.

2018 has been a year that Hassina will remember forever. After completing inception meetings in Teiga village, animal husbandry training took place where Hassina and all the other beneficiaries were taught how to care for the goats and donkeys, keep them in good health, and identify any illness or injury.

Hassina has now been loaned five goats and given a donkey and farm tools to help increase the amount of land she can cultivate, plus two mosquito nets and two blankets.  She was too poor to replace the plastic jerry can she had used for collecting water and had been sharing her neighbours, but that meant sharing the water too.   It is hard to think of families so desperately short of water in the heat and sand of Darfur.  We also now provide two jerry cans for each of our beneficiary families.  In addition Hassina will be sharing the use of a donkey plough with two other families so they can cultivate more land, enabling them to grow vegetables as well as the basic crop of sorghum, and, because billy goats are now so expensive we provide a good billy goat to be shared between them too.

With these basic essentials, Hassina will be able to provide goat’s milk for her children, ensuring they are no longer malnourished, and sell excess milk and yogurt. It takes just one cup of goat’s milk a day to transform the health of a child.  As her little flock grows she will be able to build up an income for herself – something beyond her wildest dreams.  It is planting season now, so when at last she has a harvest, she will also be able to sell any excess she grows at the market.  Hassina is now able to plan for her family.  Her priority is education for her children and she will now be able to send them all to school. Our help is enabling her to help herself and her family, improving their lives long term.  Hassina, and other mothers like her, show us every day exactly why what Kids for Kids does is so important.

Hassina is just one of the women that has been chosen as a first-generation beneficiary in our five new villages.  Each community has democratically identified the families (15% of the total families in each village) that will benefit first from Kids for Kids projects. 154 women across these five villages have now been given a package of basic essentials just like Hassina: Goats for milk, a donkey as the only transport, blankets to keep warm in the cold desert nights, farm tools to cultivate more land, mosquito nets to prevent malaria, and more. These items will enable them to begin helping their families out of poverty and changing their futures.   The community also selected those volunteers that will become midwives, paravets and first aid workers, providing sustainable help to the whole village.   Childbirth is no longer something to be feared.

Now that Hassina and her friends have ‘household assets’ and are able to earn an independent income, they have status and at last are listened to in village meetings. Hassina no longer wakes up each day with the fear of not knowing how she will provide food for her children to eat.   Who would think that goats, blankets, farm tools and the other simple things Kids for Kids provides with your help, could change women’s lives so dramatically?    Hassina is looking forward to the future, not just for herself, but for her daughters too!

Your support is making it possible for people like Hassina to create a better life for herself and for her children. If you are interested in supporting our projects that empower women, please visit our Gift List to choose what you would like to donate. If you are outside the UK and would like to support Kids for Kids, please visit our project on Global Giving.

By supporting and sharing our work, you can help us help more women to feel empowered, giving them the tools to change their futures for good.

Arctic Wilderness Challenge, 24-28 January 2020

A once in a lifetime adventure through the pristine landscape of Swedish Lapland in the Arctic Circle!

Get set for an action-packed charity challenge in what is often described as ‘Europe’s Last Wilderness’.  This Arctic Wilderness charity challenge will be a real test of your endurance, where you are in charge of food, digs and feeding your dogs. The challenge is basic with self-sufficient lodgings, unpredictable weather conditions as well as looking after your team of dogs!

It is a mix of survival techniques and learning how to live like the Saami people. Meet your companions and the Classic Challenge Tour Manager and UK Doctor that will accompany you throughout the trip in London before flying to Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden in the province of Lapland.  You will travel by dog sled to different beautiful locations, and have a chance of seeing reindeer along the way.

The route includes a mixture of trails from tundra lowlands to high mountain areas and dense forests and frozen lakes. The first day you will travel 30-35km by dog sled, the second day a circular route of 40-45km past glacial lakes and open swamp areas, and 40-45km on the third day through snow covered mountains.  Each night will be spent in wilderness base camps – and keep your eyes peeled for the famous Northern Lights!  View the full itinerary here.

This is a fantastic chance to help children in Darfur, whilst taking on a totally different and extremely challenging excursion – making new friends as you face the cold weather together.  Sign up solo or as a group.  Group sizes range from 8-15 people, so sign up soon to get your spot!

The Registration Fee for this challenge is £299 and minimum sponsorship is £2500 for Kids for Kids. This may seem like a lot but includes: Flights to/ from Sweden, accommodation (camps, huts & lodges), transfers, full medical support, experienced guides and dog sledding team, specialist kit (leather mitts, Arctic all-in-one and Arctic boots), water and meals.

Additionally, we would be more than happy to help you come up with fundraising ideas, send you collection tins, stickers, and other Kids for Kids promotional materials that will make this goal much easier to accomplish! Our supporters often hold events as a way of raising funds instead of relying solely on sponsorship from family and friends.  Why not hold a pub quiz night, silent disco, or bake sale?!  Please get in touch at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk with any questions.

To learn more about this challenge and see the full itinerary visit Classic Challenge’s Website!

 

“I really want to thank Classic Challenge for all the help and organisation that you did for my participation in the 2017 Arctic Dog Sledding Challenge. The challenge went ahead and it turned out to be the most amazing five days!”
Nicky Green, 2017 Participant

Cycle Vienna to Budapest, September 25-29 2019

This is the perfect challenge for those of you who enjoy cycling and want to challenge yourself to an adventure, while supporting a cause close to your heart.

Starting in Vienna, this route takes you from Austria to Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia, finishing in the centre of Budapest. You will cycle through incredible scenery in three capital cities in three gorgeous European countries – in just one weekend! Follow the River Danube through quiet country roads, city cycle networks, challenging gravel riverside paths, and more.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Meet the Classic Challenge Tour Manager and UK Doctor who will accompany you on the whole excursion. Fly from London to Vienna then enjoy a cycling tour of Vienna in the afternoon.
Day 2: Cycle approximately 75 km from Vienna to Bratislava
Day 3: Cycle approximately 112 km from Bratislava to Komarno
Day 4: Cycle approximately 124 km from Komarno to Budapest
Day 5: Explore Budapest before afternoon flight back to London

This is an intense cycle, but with a year to prepare, you will be able to start training early and accomplish this knowing all the money you raise over the coming year will help to save and change lives of children in Darfur who have no other hope. Either sign up solo and make wonderful friends along the way, or get a group together and tackle this challenge as a team!  Group sizes range from 20-50 people so there will be room for everyone – if you sign up early enough of course!

To take part in this challenge there is a registration fee of £250 and a commitment to raise a minimum of £1750 in sponsorship for the desperate children and families Kids for Kids supports with your help in Darfur. Group flights, full medical support, an experienced Tour Manager, accommodation, and transfers will all be included in this cost.

If you have any questions about how to raise funds, please visit take a look at the fundraising ideas on our Get Involved page, or get in touch with us directly at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk.  We would be more than happy to send you promotional materials, and support your fundraising efforts!  Our supporters often find that holding an event to raise funds brings in more money than just simply asking for sponsorship from family and friends.  Why not host a quiz night and charge an entrance fee?!

This challenge is fully supported by Classic Challenges throughout the trip, and more information about how to sign up can be found on their website here.

 

The Thomas Brothers Ride for Goats!

Kids for Kids supporters and avid cyclists Jamie and Patrick Thomas took part in the Prudential RideLondon to Surrey on 29th July.  Cycling 100 miles in total, the route began at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, went through central London, then down to Surrey’s country roads and the stunning Surrey Hills. Jamie and Patrick cycled back to finish on The Mall, managing an incredible time of 5 hours and 47 minutes – and this was including a tyre puncture!  What an astounding effort by them both.

Jamie and Patrick raised a grand total of £1,424 for Kids for Kids between them. We are beyond thrilled!   This amount will be enough to provide 16 families with Urgent Care Packages, ensuring that they do not starve during the current famine.  The rains have just begun in Darfur but these are arguably the worst months of the year, and called  ‘The Hungry Months’  by the villages we support.  Families are now planting for the harvest but many do not have any seed because they had to eat it earlier in the year when they ran out of food because the previous harvest only produced 10% of what should have been. These packages, which include 90kg of flour, a goat, and 15 kilos of ground nuts for the animals, will save lives.

Thanks to the astounding effort of Jamie and Patrick Thomas in both their fundraising and this challenging event, we are able to ensure many children in Darfur will not starve.  You are brilliant!

We have two spaces secured in the Prudential RideLondon 100 for 2019 – are you interested? Do get in touch to register your interest, or visit our Challenges Page to see what other events you could take part in!