KL Capetown Trip 2019

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After hectic Capetown we had a couple of nights at the Goudini Spa, a relaxing resort with thermal pools, where swimming and enjoying the surrounding mountain views were the order of the day, plus participation in a talent night for our resident dance troupe and our fiery poet! On then, to Oudtshoorn, for some outdoor fun, all organised by our second angel, Lynette. In a single, rainy day we did the massive Canga caves, a 500m zipline, Camel rides, go … Read More

Emma Chaz and Sam’s Epic Isle of Wight Challenge 2018

This summer Emma and Sam decided to get to know their local countryside a little more intimately by embarking on ‘The IOW Challenge’ circumnavigating the island 3 ways, raising money for the kids at Khaya Lokukhanya in South Africa. The challenge sounded simple: Walking, Cycling and Sailing round the IOW in 7 days. (Walking 70 miles in 4 days), cycling (via cycle route 68 in 2 days) and sailing round (in 1 day), all 3 legs to be completed by … Read More

Race to the Stones – We did it!

Well we did it. At 7:30 am on a damp field we joined hundreds of others in various states of readiness and anxiety. We had been sent a lovely inspirational video from KL by El-Ri and the kids (thanks everyone!) and now truly had no idea what to expect but here is a summary, in lieu of a mile-by-mile account: Conditions – could not have been better, overcast but dry all day long. Sun or rain would have turned our … Read More

Race to the Stones – Final Countdown

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Two weeks to go to the stern challenge of 100 kilometres of lovely Oxfordshire and Wiltshire countryside. Our dear friend Colin Blyth, hard man from the North East, has lost the battle to get fit for the event in a few short weeks after knee surgery and reluctantly but wisely withdrawn from Team Khaya. On June 18 Rob and Clare completed their final preparatory race – the brutal Offas Dyke 15 mentioned in the prior blog – which is hard … Read More

Race to the Stones – 100k for KL!

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We have decided the best way to celebrate Rob’s birthday on July 15th is for Rob, Clare and Colin Blyth – the last two no strangers to ultramarathons – to take on the annual Race to the Stones. This is a 100 kilometre route along one the Ridgeway, of Britain’s oldest paths,from Oxfordshire through to Wiltshire. Rob has completed a few marathons but nothing like this. With just over a month to go we are well into our preparation, with … Read More

Trent Park Bake Sale for Khaya

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On April 29 we had a bake sale fundraiser for KL at the Southgate Hockey Centre which also hosts the Trent Park Running Club. This was the organised by the wonderful Foulla Green who showed that not only is she a a keen runner (one of the most dedicated in the club) and baker (Sunday runners are routinely treated to delicious brownies) but also has a big heart! The Murphy/Jones household was busy the night before, with three contributions including … Read More

Khaya Lokukhanya Update

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New Foster Mothers –  Last July we were delighted to welcome Sindiswa Magabuko and Nosiphiwo Dineka to Khaya Lokukhanya. They are settling in really well and form a great team alongside Levia. New Computer Room in KL – A secure, new computer room built at KL allows the children to study on the computers under supervision from the Foster Mothers. Transfer of Thusananga Building –  Last year a tribute to Maggie Thethelwa was organised by Bev Gush and KL in … Read More

Royal Parks Half Marathon – a personal journey

Summary of Rob Rea’s heroic half marathon to raise funds for KL. Well, it’s over. Months of training, sweat, aches and blisters, a frantic sponsorship drive and – finally – a 13 miles run through the heart of London. Race day was lovely – sunny but not too hot. Thousands of runners converged on Hyde Park, from serious athletes to first-timers; all but a few running for good causes. Then there were the crowds wishing you well, and the charities’ … Read More

Royal Parks Run for KL

A very good friend of ours – Rob Rea – has chosen to raise funds for KL by running a Half Marathon. This is his training blog. Hi. Thanks for sponsoring me to run the Royal Parks half-marathon (and if you haven’t, please do!). It’s now just four weeks away, and I had thought that I would be further ahead in my preparations by now. The original plan was to be doing at least one 20k run a week by … Read More

Mont Blanc Challenged

Well we almost made it!  On arrival in Chamonix the team were warned by the guides that unseasonally hot weather had effectively melted the usual route up to the summit, and that a lesser peak might have to do, assuming we all passed the 3 days of training.  This began the following morning and culminated in a 12 hour ascent of Gran Paradiso, at 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) the tallest mountain in Italy.  It was tough going but we all … Read More

Mont Blanc Challenge 2015

On July 22 Team KL will set out to climb Mont Blanc to raise funds for the Khaya Lokukhanya Project. You can read about the team and our preparation below, but first a few words on why we are doing it: This is Vuyo. Donations to KL help give children like him the chance to grow up with the care they need, attend school and be well fed and nourished by a community of foster mothers and other children. Vuyo … Read More