Garden route bike challenge - 8 to 17 August 2023 - Support & Win

We make education accessible. - Move to educate!

Funds raised for education within garden route - fundraiser (aim $/CHF 25'000.-)
funds pledged for education 20.25%

Founder of empowermefirst.college, Brigit Koch, will challenge herself to cycle the 800 km long garden route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 8 to 10 days to raise funds to educate 50 vulnerable school dropouts for a year. Watch her impressions on our social media and this page. She’ll cover all the costs of her trip and has also donated $ 5’000.- starting funds. 
Everyone donating can enter their name in the form below to take part in our raffle for great prizes from our sponsors. New prizes are announced weekly. The winners are drawn in a live event on 29 August and announced here.

As our members are volunteering, your donations will reach our beneficiaries most effectively.

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empowermefirst.college is a charity based in Switzerland that offers free online education to upper secondary school dropouts. Students receive upper secondary school education with a focus on STEM, coaching, entrepreneurship mentoring, ICT vocational training. The lessons are accessible to all regardless of gender, religion, culture, lifestyle, age and we attach great importance to equality and inclusivity.

Trip Details

8/8: Port Elizabeth – Jeffrey’s Bay (76km)
9/8: Jeffrey’s Bay – Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary (88km)
10/8: Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary – Plettenberg Bay (79km)
11/8: Plettenberg Bay – Wilderness (76km)
12/8: Wilderness – Mossel Bay (70km)
13/8: Mossel Bay – Riversdale (40km)
14/8:  Riversdale – Swellendam (73km)
15/8:  Swellendam – Riversonderend (59km)
16/8: Riversonderend – Bot River (71km)
17/8: Bot River – Cape Town (too much wind – 0)
19_20/8: Victory tour in Cape Town 

Budget to educate 50 students for one school year

Wifi installation and Data | $ 4,000
Solar system | $ 1,500
Tablets / Smartphones | $5,000
Coaching | $ 4,500
Education | $ 6,000
Partnerships, marketing | $ 500
Operational Costs | $ 3,000
Technical support and maintenance | $ 500
Total | $25,000

Support and Win

All sponsors can enter a raffle to win one of our attractive prizes. We should get your address and donation receipt automatically. 

If you choose to donate anonymously, please just send an email to events@empowermefirst.college with a photo of your donation receipt and we will enter you in the raffle and send you a donation receipt via email.

Raffle prizes (updated daily)

Sponsors based in Switzerland 

– 1 handmade giraffe batique from the women’s cooperative
– 1 handmade quilt bag from the women’s cooperative
– 1 handmade wooden bowl from the women’s cooperative
– 1 hand carved wooden animal from the women’s cooperative
– 1 hand carved bone key rings from the women’s cooperative
– 1 handmade necklace from the women’s cooperative

Sponsors outside of Switzerland

– 1 Swiss army knife
– 1 Swiss edelweiss scarf
– 1 Caran D’Ache pen
– 1 handmade Victoria Falls bag from the women’s cooperative
– 1 photo print on canvas from our art shop
– 1 photo poster from our art shop 

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Donate to educate!

Your donations will go straight into empowering youths through education, as all our members are volunteering. (Currency: CHF)
  • CHF *

Bank: ZKB, Zurich, Switzerland

IBAN: CH67 0070 0114 8050 4630 7
 
Gönnerverein von empowermefirst.college

Our sponsors

Women’s Cooperative Victoria Falls
empowermefirst art shop

Our donors

Brigit Koch – $ 5’000.-