Wow, what an amazing Rafiki Relay we had! More than 2,000 pairs of feet, £16,223 raised and a whopping 103,791km cycled, walked, run or swum over 6 weeks in spring 2021! We finished Cairo to Cape Town in only 6 days, so went on to conquer the coastline of Africa, the Equator and returned to Cairo before the 6 weeks were up!

Didn’t get the chance to take part? Fear not, you are welcome to download our collated milestones booklet! Explore the 33 amazing places we visited (virtually) and read about the young lives that the Rafiki Relay teams help us transform! All we ask in return is that you sign up to our mailing list! We will not bombard you, just keep you posted on our fabulous events and the impact your support will have.

A fabulous opportunity for all ages and all abilities to come together and virtually explore fascinating landmarks and spectacular sights as we make our way through Africa, passing 12 exciting milestones. Our interactive map will show our combined progress in real time, as we witness and learn along the way about some of Africa’s most beautiful scenery, while raising funds to enable education for young, disadvantaged people in Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho. Read more about our work and the life transforming impact your support will have!

You will be in great company supporting our relay! Join the incredibly inspiring, talented and accomplished Olympic heroes Tim Foster MBE and Mara Yamauchi, Cerebral Palsy England International Football star Harry Baker and Amar Latif the Blind Adventurer! Read more

Our relay is great way to nurture your health and well-being as we continue to find our way through the Covid 19 challenges. You can walk, run, swim or cycle – or any mix of the above. You choose a distance to challenge yourself and which fits in with your daily routine. Upload your exercise manually or through your fitness tracker.

Take part as an individual, with a friend, as a family or with your school! Invite your colleagues to take part in a few teams and help your company broaden their Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio. Our leader boards will provide great competitive stimulus, as you can see everyone’s distances, by group segment! Everyone who raises £10 or more through their fundraising will receive a Rafiki Relay for Education medal! Not only that, but for every £20 you raise you will receive an entry into our prize draw – so the more you raise, the bigger your chance of being the lucky winner of one of our fabulous prizes!

Our Cairo to Cape Town route is a staggering 13,222 km so this is a huge challenge! We are giving ourselves 6 weeks to complete the journey and will need as many participants as we can muster, in order to arrive at Table Mountain on 6th June. So please do recruit your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and school mates to join in the fun!

The registration window is now open! Our challenge starts in Cairo on Monday 26th April, so you have 4 weeks to rally your friends to take part (it is possible to register after this date, but the participants will have less time to join in).

Join us for relay ready-steady-go in Cairo on 26th April


  1. Enter below choosing one of the options available
  2. With the access code you then receive, complete the registration process on
  3. Set up your sponsored fundraising on JustGiving


We want everyone to be able to join in the fun, so you are welcome to register for free, with a fundraising pledge. Our hope is that you will take this opportunity to fundraise for us and that together we will raise enough to support many more children with education. You also have the option to enter paying a small voluntary donation to cover the cost of your entry.

You can enter on your own or as a team of up to 5 members – as we think challenges are always more fun with friends!

We also want to encourage schools and school classes to enter! Make sure to read the FOR SCHOOLS section as well, as it works a little bit differently!


In order to make relay registration free, we also decided to make it optional to purchase our fabulous Relay for Education t-shirts! We hope you will want one though and would love to see photos of you on our social media wearing these as you rack up your kilometres! read more


Once you have confirmed your entry details above, you will receive an e-mail confirmation from us which includes your RELAY CHALLENGE CODE and a link to our Big Team Challenge platform where you complete your registration. The relay challenge code is provided for you to access the event, and must not be shared with anyone else.

There are two simple steps. In ‘Sign Up’ you will provide your personal details, and in ‘Create Team’ you will be able to send invitations to join your team and choose your team segment for the leader boards – great for a bit of friendly competition! Please note that even if you intend to take the challenge on your own, you will need to provide a ‘team’ name.

There are 5 segments to choose from and you will choose the one that best describes your team:

  • ‘Solo’
  • ‘Family & Friends’
  • ‘Works Teams’
  • ‘School classes’
  • ‘Schools’

Please note children under 13 will need an adult to complete the registration for them.

Make sure to download the Big Team Challenge APP on your smartphone as well! You can register on your desktop or via the app, following the same steps as above. Once up and running, you can connect your tracker and/or manually upload your daily distances on either.


Your registration is now complete, but we would love it if you take the opportunity to make this a sponsored challenge in aid of Rafiki Thabo, by setting up your own sponsored challenge on , To make setting this up as easy as possible for you, we have written some information about Rafiki Thabo, the Relay for Education and what the money raised will fund, in this document

Alternatively, you can make a donation and/or direct your sponsors to our central Rafiki Thabo fundraising page Please do note however that we will rely on your sponsors to add your name in their comment in this case, to help us see who is raising what and how much, and thus when you are eligible for a medal and the prize draw thresholds. They can enter for example: “My donation is in support of Joe Bloggs and the goal he set himself in the Rafiki challenge”.

Teams can choose to create a joint fundraising page, or each member of the team can set up their own. Whichever you think will be most impactful on your friends and family. Using Just Giving means you will be able to connect your page(s) to Rafiki Thabo Foundation as we are a registered charity on their platform. This way we will have full visibility of your fundraising and can reward you with your medal and prize draw entries!


We are absolutely beside ourselves with excitement – as we will be inviting the team and the individual who raise the most through their relay fundraising and the team and the individual who covers the biggest distance in the relay, to an amazing opportunity!

We will celebrate your achievement in an online meeting with Tim Foster MBE! Tim will share anecdotes and stories and answer your questions! This is an absolute privilege, and luck is not involved – your determination to succeed is! It is that simple – keep an eye on the leader board and make sure you run, walk, cycle or swim the furthest, and push your fundraising through your Just Giving page to the limit! We can’t wait to applaud you, together with Tim!


For every £20 raised by an individual participant (whether taking part ‘solo’ or as part of a team) – you will be awarded one entry into our prize draw. So, the more you fundraise, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners!

Win some fabulous prizes, including:


An inspiring talk with Olympic Gold Medallist Tim Foster MBE! Read more about Tim
Tim has generously donated a virtual talk for our relay prize draw and if this doesn’t get you excited about setting up your fundraising page as you take part in Relay for Education, we don’t know what will! You can expect fabulous anecdotes and humorous stories to entertain, inspire and motivate while reflecting on achieving peak performance and maximising success. The drive, resilience and determination required to become an Olympic medallist, the importance of interrelationships and empowering each other in a team to make the boat go faster, are qualities any business require to succeed and any school wants for their students. So, go ahead and raise those pennies – to bring home this prize to your chosen audience!


1-2-1 running coaching session with Two Time Olympian Mara Yamauchi! Read more about Mara
This is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best! Not only is Mara an Olympic hero, but she is the second-fastest GB female marathoner ever! Mara has kindly donated a 1-2-1 running coaching session for one of our lucky prize draw winners. Your location and Covid-19 allowing, this can be in person. You will have the opportunity to learn and benefit from Mara’s experience in this one-hour coaching session. If required, you can instead meet online to chat about all things running.


Sasps Designs earrings Read more about Sasps designs
This stunning prize has been donated by the very talented Sarah of Sasps Designs. The lucky winner will receive these 4 pairs of earrings – including a pair of gold-plated hoops, dragon drop earrings, acrylic cactus drops, and pink triangle drops.


‘The Original Travel bag’ by Quite The Champion Read more about Quite The Champion
We love this fabulous large versatile travel bag! Very smart navy blue with white straps. ‘The Original Travel Bag’ has been generously donated by Honey and Coco of Quite The Champion, a new luxury sporting brand offering high-end bags and accessories that are enduring, classic and timeless. Do read more about their amazing initiative!


‘The Lost Diamond’ board game x 2
Two lucky winners will receive this fabulous board game – The Lost Diamond! One of the all-time most popular boardgames in The Nordics. It is brilliant for the whole family to enjoy together, all ages, any ability. It is easy to learn and very addictive. Players make their way through Africa hunting for ‘The Lost Diamond’. There are of course obstacles and opportunities along the way and whoever finds The Lost Diamond must hurry back to Cairo with it to win the game! The two boardgames are sourced from Norway (not available in England), but don’t worry, our fundraiser Janne has translated the rules for you! We thought it the perfect prize to add to our Cairo to Cape Town Prize Draw!


David Austin Rose – Desdemona Read more
Who doesn’t like a David Austin rose! We have a beautiful English shrub rose bred by David Austin: Desdemona. It will be delivered in a plastic container, ready to plant out into the garden. Medium shrub (110cm), medium bloom sizes, repeat flowering and fragrance is of strong, old rose. “Peachy pink buds open to beautiful, white, chalice-shaped blooms, with a pinkish hue. The incurved petals create an arresting interplay of light and shadow. The strong Old Rose fragrance has hints of almond blossom, cucumber and lemon zest.”


Solar Garden Fairy Lights x 2
Staying on the garden theme! Two lucky winners will each be able to adorn their garden or patio (or their indoors) with these super cute string fairy lights, warm white on copper wire. 120 lights per string, 2 strings (and 2 solar chargers) in the box. Perfect for winding through a tree or along a fence and waterproof so they can be left outside all year round.


How is this for a magical prize!! One of our lucky #rafikirelay prize draw winners is truly in for a treat, and it is one to share with friends, family, school community or colleagues! The amazingly talented Ben Williams, a member of the world-famous Magic Circle, the world’s most prestigious magic society, has generously donated a most fabulous prize in aid of Rafiki Relay for Education, an evening of magic, especially for you! Ben will entertain you and your guests with astonishing tricks for 2 hours. This could be at a party or special celebration you are hosting, at your company’s Christmas party, at the end of year school assembly, this is for the winner (you) to decide. If the winner is hosting at a venue within 100 miles distance from Godalming Surrey, then Ben will attend in person at no cost to the winner. If the winner’s venue is further afield (more than 100 miles from Godalming, Surrey) then Ben can either offer a virtual show (the winner would need to arrange suitable AV projection) or should the winner wish, Ben will still attend in person, but this would be subject to the overnight accommodation and travel being covered by the winner. Sadly the reality is that Covid 19 has hit the entertainment industry very hard, and we are confident you will understand that Ben is unable to absorb extensive costs. Subject to availability, Ben will of course work with the winner to secure a mutually convenient date.


This is one for the men and older boys among you – a fabulous £50 voucher generously donated by streetwear brand Persistence London! Persistence London clothing is worn all around the world, including by footballers such a Mason Mount, Mason Greenwood and Callum Hudson Odoi. All Persistence London designs are influenced by London with each style named after a famous London Street.


Who doesn’t love popcorn and what’s not to love about huge amounts of popcorn in a massive money box bottle! 4 lucky winners will receive one of these each! The bottles are more than half a meter tall and the home to 550gr popcorn! We have 2 x sweet & salt and 2 x sea salt! When you have eaten it all, you can use the bottle as a huge money box and save up for more!


Fancy the thrill of your life and adrenaline pumping action, or maybe utter bliss and pampering, or maybe you have always wanted to go wine tasting at a vineyard? Your choices are endless with Experience Days, and the winner of this £50 voucher will have a hard task deciding what to spend it on! There’s something for all ages, whether 9 or 90! This prize is is an open voucher that the recipient can redeem against any experience on the Experience Days website. Generously donated via the charity scheme at Experience Days


In these Covid times, there is very little which cannot still be enjoyed, albeit virtually! You can even enjoy holistic therapies! One very lucky winner will be able to choose between distance reiki, reflexology, and mindfulness with this voucher for a free 20-minute treatment.

“We believe in Reflexology, and Reiki in particular, that everything in our life is controlled around energy - good or bad. Both treatments help the client deal with what is going on in their body, help heal themselves and balance any negative 'blockages' in their bodies. Which we believe causes illness.”

Sarah from Tower Hill Holistic Therapies will run through her reiki or reflexology ‘routine’ with the winner, assisting the winner virtually through the treatment. With both Reiki and Reflexology there will be an opportunity afterwards for the winner to discuss with Sarah anything that came about from session. If the winner would like the mindfulness/ meditation session, then they would ‘meet Sarah by telephone / video call them at an appointment time and go through the guided meditation.


One lucky winner will be able to indulge in Tropic Skin Care products to the value of £50! This voucher has been generously donated by Tropic Skin Care ambassador (and #rafikirelay participant!) Kate Palframan. Tropic Skin Care is an award-winning, vegan skincare and makeup range that is cruelty-free and freshly made using sustainably sourced, natural ingredients from around the globe.


A lovely gift box of Neal’s Yard treats for one of our lucky prize draw winners. The gift box includes Beauty Sleep Shower Oil, Beauty Sleep Body Lotion and Bee Lovely Hand Cream. Samples from Neal’s Yard sensitive range. Plus, a selection of teas from Neal’s Yard’s range! Samples from our sensitive range. Kindly donated by Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Independent Consultant Sarah Chapell.


A little bit of pampering never hurt anyone, so let’s throw in another treat! This luscious Red Berry gift set from The Body Shop, which includes a 250ml shower gel, 50ml body Scrub, 50ml body butter and 30ml hand cream will soon be on its way to a well-deserved #rafikirelay trekker! Kindly donated by Body Shop at Home Consultant Sarah Chapell!


Another lovely bit of pampering for a lucky winner with this Jasmine gift set from The Body Shop. This gift set includes a 250ml shower gel, 50ml body Scrub, 50ml body butter and 30ml hand cream. Kindly donated by Body Shop at Home Consultant Sarah Chapell!


A big shout out to our fabulous partner Charitable Travel for their support with this event!

Charitable Travel is a registered social enterprise and a financially protected travel agency. Their purpose and mission are to help you with your holiday plans and at the same time support the great work that UK-based charities deliver around the world. When you book a holiday or cruise with Charitable Travel, they sacrifice their travel agency commission so you can make a free five percent donation to your choice of registered charity through their dedicated JustGiving website – and we would love for that to be Rafiki Thabo Foundation! Charitable Travel pride themselves in offering travel expertise, a wide choice of holiday options, quality, great value and a unique way of creating travel-for-good for their customers as a true not-for-private-profit social enterprise.

Every penny of profit earned by Charitable Travel, everything they do and everything they offer their customers, supports charity fundraising and good causes. Not only that, but their Charitable portfolio is expanding at an incredible speed under the energetic leadership of their founder Melissa Tilling. There is now Charitable PR & Podcasts, Charitable Radio and Charitable Shopping! We are so proud to be one of Charitable Travel’s partner charities and can’t wait to see what is next in this exciting journey together!


We hope the above together with the downloadable supporting information will get you off the mark with ease! If you have any questions however, please feel free to contact

Technical support relating to our challenge platform will be available throughout from the lovely team at Big Team Challenge. Helpful links included below.

Rafiki Thabo Foundation (registered charity 1193124)