Virtual Cycle to Uganda for Charity

August 24, 2020, By

Our Managing Partner, Chris Bishop, is going to be putting in the miles on his bike in September to raise money for a charity that Slater Heelis has supported for many years.

You may remember that in May, Chris ran 100k for Helping Uganda Schools, and raised almost £5,000 which went towards building a dorm at The Little Shepherd School in South West Uganda which will greatly improve the safety and life chances for young girls at that school.

The charity is now aiming to raise £20,000 pounds in order to compete the nursery block at St Frances de Sales School in time for the start of the new school year in February 2021.

The Charity

Helping Uganda Schools (HUGS) is raising money to complete the work on a specialist school for children in a town called Jinja, in Uganda. Eleven years ago, HUGS built the Good Shepherd Special Needs school, in Western Uganda. The children achieve amazing results with the help of specialised teachers and small class sizes.

This will be the seventh school built by HUGS, and the second specialist school, which is to specialise in educating children with very poor hearing. Called St Frances de Sales, it is named after the patron saint of the deaf.

The School

There are many children in Uganda who are deaf because of infections and side effects from the treatment of malaria. HUGS wants to provide these children with the benefits of early years education, build self-esteem and help them learn a range of communication skills, including sign language.

There is a pressing need to improve the education of children with disabilities.

Children with hearing problems have great difficulty getting an education in Uganda. Most are not able to attend nursery school and by the time they start state primary class they have poor communication skills and are marginalised. Government primary schools have large classes, sometimes over 100 students, and children with hearing problems, given inadequate attention, fall further behind.

The Challenge

HUGS’ team of fundraisers will be riding (virtually) as a team from Manchester to Kampala, Uganda. This is a total distance of 6,480 miles or 10,430 km, meaning 300+ miles for Chris!

Their journey will start on the 1st of September and they hope to complete the trip by the 31st of September. The virtual route will pass along the Trans-Sahara Highway:

  • Down to Dover and across the channel to Calais. South to Bordeaux, into Spain near Bilbao, then south to Madrid, Granada and to the port of Almeria
  • Sail to Ghazaouet in Algeria and then travel south through Tlemcen, Marhoum, Tamanrasset and then into Niger at Assamakka
  • Pass through Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, The Central African Republic, South Sudan and finally into North Uganda and then through a beautiful national park to Kampala.

If you would like to show your support and donate to the cause, the link to the fundraising page is here.