Thursday 27th September 2018

The Challenge

Enduro Africa Village Scene

Enduro Africa is a major off-road motorcyling event which aims to raise £150,000 each year for 4 very worthy causes. Around 100 motorcyclists from around the world gather for 8 days of challenging riding through some of South Africa’s most rugged and isolated terrain including the famous Wild Coast.

It is a serious challenge, with conditions that test even the most experienced riders to the limit. Along the way, they meet the local people who benefit from their charitable efforts and they participate in a school makeover to see first-hand exactly where the money is being used.

The Charities

  • Every minute of every day, a baby is born with HIV, passed on by his or her mother during pregnancy, labour or upon delivery.
  • The good news is however that we CAN prevent babies getting HIV from their mothers. In fact the drug that halves the chance of babies getting HIV from their mums costs just 68p.
  • To reach a health centre, some pregnant women have to walk anything up to 200 miles
  • Off-Road Motorbikes are the quickest and most cost-effective method for health workers to visit pregnant women
  • We plan to support the ongoing use of bikes for health workers to visit remote villages
  • Funds raised will be equally split between the 4 charities detailed below.

Enduro Africa 2011 Charities


For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF helps children receive the support, health care and education they need to cope with the threats of childhood poverty – such as preventable disease or malnutrition – and grow up to become healthy adults.

Enduro Africa is supporting UNICEF’s campaign Unite for Children Unite Against AIDS specifically preventing mother to baby transmission of HIV. Almost every minute of every day a baby is born with HIV, passed on by his or her mother during pregnancy, labour or upon delivery.

For babies with HIV in the world’s poorer countries being born with HIV is often tantamount to a death sentence. The harsh truth is that without treatment, half of all HIV-positive babies will not live long enough to see their second birthday; and a third will not even live beyond a year. The good news is that we can prevent babies getting HIV from their mothers.

The Born Free from HIV phase of the campaign aims to ensure that all pregnant women with HIV receive the right medicine and care to prevent them passing HIV onto their baby. Given the right medicine and care, the chance that a mother with HIV will pass the virus to her baby drops to less than 1 in 50.

By taking part in or supporting Enduro Africa you will be responsible for changing the fate of generations of children and helping to prevent the HIV/AIDS epidemic spreading even further.


Sentebale is a dynamic new charity with a mission to transform the lives of Lesotho’s orphans and vulnerable children. The name Sentebale means “forget me not” which is also the charity’s call to action. It was founded by Prince Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso in memory of their campaigning mothers to help the forgotten victims of poverty and of the HIV/Aids epidemic ravaging this small mountain kingdom.

Enduro Africa is supporting Sentebale’s aim to target particular support to the most vulnerable of vulnerable children – the abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned, disabled, and ill. In Lesotho today life expectancy has plummeted to a shocking 35 years of age. The country has the third highest rate of AIDs in the world – with nearly one third of the population infected. Generations of adults have simply been wiped out by the combined scourges of poverty and HIV/Aids – leaving behind hundreds of thousands of orphans to fend for themselves.

Between one third and half the school-age population is either a single or double orphan and in a situation where the extended family has almost ceased to exist schools have had to become virtual orphanages. To add to the kingdom’s problems Lesotho has declared a national food emergency. Years of drought and multiple crop failures have resulted in a countrywide crisis with its vulnerable children left even more vulnerable. Sentebale works by committing long term funding to local community based organizations in Lesotho who have the capability to make a real difference.

By investing strategically – not just granting generously – Sentebale helps them increase their impact on the lives of the children they serve. Sentebale is building stronger, more effective organizations serving more children better by combining thoughtful aid giving with effective businesslike methods.

The charity funds projects ranging from residential care for vulnerable children through to community crop growing projects which feed local child-headed households. Sentebale funds directly at grassroots level and it measures and monitors improvements in children’s lives on an individual basis, not just on what they receive.

By taking part in or supporting Enduro Africa you will be responsible for helping Sentebale give thousands of children a better chance of growing into healthy, productive adults.


The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund was founded by Mr Mandela in 1994. He committed one-third of his annual Presidential salary to found and perpetuate the Fund – R150,000 each year for five years. Mr Mandela’s vision was to protect, nurture and develop the next generation of South Africans, to ensure a better life for them and a stronger future for the country he loved.

By participating in or supporting Enduro Africa you will be both sharing his commitment and helping The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund to improve the lives of children and young people in South Africa. They face many challenges, and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, a development agency run by committed and expert South Africans, has developed creative and culturally sensitive programmes to help them overcome many obstacles to lead healthy, productive and fulfilled lives.

We work with disabled children, their families and communities to encourage their equal treatment, particularly with a view to them attending mainstream school and so having the same opportunities as non-disabled children.

Fanana is 9 years old, and was unable to walk from birth. She lives in a township outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and is now attending a local school. A local community based organisation, funded by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, undertook to negotiate with the school and Fanana’s mother, who are now united in their commitment to Fanana’s education and future well-being.

Developing leadership potential and skills amongst young people is another key aim of NMCF. Sport, arts and volunteering are used as the means to engage with youth, help them to recognise and take pride in their own abilities and potential, and in many cases, become a role model for others. Greater self awareness and pride also help to steer young people away from anti- social behaviour and risky life choices and so ensure that they remain healthy and able to contribute to their communities.

Zwai, a young man from Springs, outside Johannesburg, is a prime example of this approach. The project he started, YCo, which aimed to steer his peers away from dangerous lifestyle choices and encourage their creativity self esteem and skills, has been so successful that with the support of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, he is helping others to establish projects like his.

There is so much that NMCF still wants to do to continue to improve the lives of young South Africans, and we are very grateful to all who participate in and support Enduro Africa, as the funds you raise help us to make Mr Mandela’s vision a reality.


Touch Africa is a Section 21 Company (2007/024885/08) which is sustainable and accountable to all stakeholders. The Touch Africa initiative was started by Mike Glover, owner of Eastern Cape based Red Cherry Adventures. The concept was borne out of Enduro Africa.

Seeing the enormous need in the areas through which the Enduro Africa ride took place, Touch Africa was established to address some of the many problems encountered by the local community en route.

Touch Africa specifically targets the health and education sectors, with particular reference to rehabilitation of facilities. The focus of our energies is on children and the scope of our work includes but is not limited to the:

  • rehabilitation of schools, clinics and crèches
  • provision of basic education equipment
  • rehabilitation of community halls
  • rehabilitation and/or provision of school transport
  • provision of technology

The requests from the rural villages are simple, they usually ask for clean toilets, gym equipment, sporting equipment, a soccer pitch, a fresh coat of paint and a happy place to learn. It is with your contribution, that we are able to make these dreams become reality.

Current Projects

One of the most serious issues facing our country is the transmission of air-borne diseases, primarily Tuberculosis (TB), in over-crowded, poorly ventilated clinics and clinic waiting rooms. Since there is no treatment available for Extreme Drug Resistant TB, containment and prevention remains the only way to combat this disease at present. The Medical Research Council and Council for Disease Control has approved a device called Technilamp, developed by a South African manufacturer. This is an ultra violet TB infection control lamp, which when placed in clinics protects against the spread of air-borne viruses and bacterial infections, thus protecting those working in and attending the clinic.
“Life Straws” are an inexpensive personal water filtration device that can remove contaminants from approximately 700 litres of water. The schools in the Western Koukamma region have been earmarked as recipients of the “life straw” project. Early in 2008, a rapid increase in cases of diarrhoea was reported in this area. 343 cases were reported at Cacadu Clinics, of which 15 had to be hospitalized.
Friday Flik
For most of us a trip to the local cinema is easy. However many people in South Africa have never been to the cinema or seen a movie. Due to the lack of infrastructure and ready cash in rural and urban areas, many children turn to crime and unsavoury ways of passing the time over a weekend. Project Friday Flik was launched to provide a “movie house” in community centres, run by the local communities, who raise funds through this project to assist with community needs.
Adopt A School
Our simple aim is to make school a better place than home. This will ensure migration to their place of learning. We do this by fixing the simple things. Jungle Gyms, Desks, Sporting Fields and equipment and providing nutrition through container kitchens.


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