The first One 4 Kids challenge in 2010 was a huge achievement and raised in excess of £4,000.
On 21st of May, a team of 23 staff and friends headed for Arran for a weekend of challenges, good food and fun. The team travelled to their rented cottage by minibus, packed to the gunnels with staff and food.
Early on Saturday morning, 22nd May, the team headed off for the challenge of the weekend… the 55 mile cycle. With the aid of a few supporters who followed and pampered the cyclists providing refreshments in the scorching heat, all the cyclists successfully completed the challenge without injury or incident.
The success of the day was followed by an evening barbecue to celebrate. It was a well earned treat for the team and a fine way to wrap up a brilliant weekend.
Grand Canyon Marathon
In September 2010, a team of nine volunteers headed off to The Grand Canyon for a demanding marathon across the vast, wild and remote area of the Grand Canyon North Rim. It was a serious undertaking to train hard enough to cope with covering 26 miles in these conditions. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon remains untamed and isolated – an uplifted, forested plateau surrounded by desert.
The team arrived in Las Vegas on 18th September and headed off to their camp in Kaibab National Forest. On the 20th September, they mounted their bikes for a full day of biking around the Rainbow Rim Trail on the North Rim, which featured a fine stretch of twisty Rainbow Trail single-track and an increasingly rough climb up Bear Creek road to the Rainbow Trailhead. On the 22nd September, the race began; the arduous 26 mile run through this spectacular part of the world.
As with all One 4 Kids charity initiatives, the costs of the entire trip were underwritten by One Solution to ensure that funds available to the chosen children’s charities are always maximised.
The African Children’s Choir Music For Life (MFL) Centres
The purpose of the African Children’s Choir Music For Life (MFL) centres is to uplift and empower children through the stimulation of the performing arts and foster child development for some of Kenya’s most vulnerable children.
An MFL Centre program delivers performing arts and life skills curriculum to vulnerable children on a weekly basis during school terms. Camps for these and other children in the holidays are run often with the support of outside volunteers. They also provide additional child support as needed.
“The children’s self esteem was boosted and the Music for Life children now ask and answer questions in class. I wish the programme would involve all children attending school.” Teacher, Toi Primary School, Kenya
“What a blessing the program is, not just to the children who participate, but the positive impact the attention Music for Life has had on the whole school. Music for Life brought in teams who rebuilt the fence that was knocked down in last year’s troubles, and they brought desks for the classrooms and food parcels for the children to bring home. Just the very presence of outside visitors has the lifted up the spirit of the school.” Teacher at Toi Primary School, Kenya.