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'Scotland to Kenya' the latest GEF virtual challenge

6000+ mile February fundraiser to help Foundation continue their work with children in Kenya

The charity co-founded by Scotland international track athlete Myles Edwards is calling on walkers, runners and cyclists to join them in a month-long fitness and fundraising challenge starting today (1 February).

The Aberdeen-based Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) has set themselves the target of collectively walking, running and cycling 6806 miles – the distance between Aberdeen and Karatina, Kenya.

The 'Scotland to Kenya Challenge' is designed to encourage people to keep active during the dark days of February as well as raise funds to support their work with children in Kenya.

With 10 events cancelled due to Covid-19 in 2020, the GEF must now rely on virtual fundraisers and donations to continue building homes, supporting children through school and helping family businesses get off the ground.  

Last year the charity also provided 341 children with a special food package at Christmas.

Middle distance runner Edwards told runABC Scotland online: "The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways and brought many challenges.  We wanted to come up with an initiative not only to raise vital funds for the kids we support, but one which will also motivate and encourage people in the UK to get outside for exercise – and perhaps also ensure that their new year fitness resolutions continue into February and beyond.”

Liam Forrest, founder of Abervail, the new online Aberdeen sports/casual clothing brand sponsoring the challenge, added: "Despite being a brand new company still trying to find its feet, I feel it is important to do our bit to support others. I’m honoured to support this amazing challenge.

“Despite being in the middle of a pandemic, we still have our basic essentials and so wanted to do something to help others less fortunate."

Individuals or groups interested helping the Foundation rack up the miles – and vital funds to help families in Kenya – can learn more on the GEF website, or contact them via

Images courtesy: gathimbaedwardsfoundation

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