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The Big Ride for Africa 2018

In June 2018, 500 runners and riders cycled over a collective 100,000km across Ireland and Denver for Lessons for Life. Avid cyclists and runners in Europe spent over 7,000 hours in the wind, rain and shine over two days on routes ranging from 50km to 160km per day. Some even swapped the saddle on day two to complete a full or half marathon. It was our biggest ride to date with  participants coming from 10 different countries across 45 different companies!

This year thanks to the amazing generosity of John Malone we set up basecamp near Dublin in the beautiful surroundings of Castlemartin Stud Farm in County Kildare on the edge of the stunning and challenging Wicklow Mountains. To see pictures of the event go here


Our friends in Denver took to the mountains at the same time as our European colleagues on a 60-mile ride and a 5km run. Our riders rode and ran out of the city centre continuing up to Golden Lookout Mountain and they crossed the finish line at the famous triangle building. Well done to our Big Ride Denver heroes! 

The Big Ride wouldn’t have been possible without the fantastic support from our Big Ride sponsors. A huge thanks to Accenture, Actavo, BNP Paribas, Ciena, Deloitte, Friends First, Scotiabank, ShortsTV, Technicolor, TV3 and finally our host country sponsor Virgin Media Ireland. You all went the extra mile.

Thanks to the support of all our riders and runners the Big Ride for Africa raised €1.3 million to help support our work across Africa. To read more about the impact of our work head over to our student hub to hear inspirational stories from teachers, parents and students we support. 

Beyond Education

Ramathan's story


He’s 27 years old and a cobbler living in Kasagama, Uganda. Lessons for Life through our partner Child Aid Uganda (CHAU) supported Ramathan between 2010 - 2015 when he was out of school without any qualifications or skills. We supported him to finish his secondary school.