Relay for Hope  

Ready to take on your new year challenge?


                   

Get fit, cut carbon and help families in rural Africa
fight hunger and the climate crisis.
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Register

Registration is easy and costs just £12.70.

Your sign up fee represents the average carbon footprint of 12.7 tons per year for the average UK adult and will help families fight hunger and the climate crisis.

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Get moving

Run, cycle, or walk your target distance between 1st January and 31st March 2022. When setting your distance, be ambitious! Leave the car at home and cut carbon too.

Log your miles on our Strava app to see where you place on our top steppers leaderboard!

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Raise sponsorship

Every £60 raised could help three families so they can stand up to extreme weather and grow enough to fight hunger. Get sponsored and see if you can top our fundraising leaderboard!

When you've finished, don't forget to pass on your virtual relay baton by challenging a friend to take part!

Why take part?

By the second week in January, the average person in the UK will have created a greater carbon footprint than a single person in Ethiopia will account for in a whole year. Those who have contributed the least are suffering the most from the effects of the climate crisis.

Use your footprints for good by taking part in Send a Cow’s virtual relay! You’ll be joining hundreds of supporters cutting their carbon and fighting for climate justice for families in rural Africa.

Whether you run, walk or cycle your target distance, every step you take will be contributing to our collective goal of 60 million footprints for good. Send a Cow’s virtual relay will take you from the UK to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda,  Rwanda, Burundi & Zambia. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the families on the frontline of the climate crisis and how your donations will make a difference.

How we'll support you

When you join Relay for Hope you'll get:

    • A Send a Cow t-shirt to wear with pride as you complete your miles
    • A fundraising pack, with tips to help you meet your £60 goal of helping three families  
    • Checkpoint email updates during the relay, to learn more about families on the front line of the climate crisis and the difference you’ll make
    • Strava & Fit Bit integration for logging your miles, as well as an option for website milage updates if you prefer to not use fitness apps.

    Grab your friends and sign up as a team to make the most of our leader board function – who will complete the most miles or raise the most?

    The difference your £60 sponsorship could make
    to families like Anguwaliw’s 

    Anguwaliw is 36 and lives with her husband Abate, and their three children in the Kutaber district, Ethiopia. The family home is located in a very rural and remote location and rely on their land to grow enough food to eat. Everyday, Anguwaliw and Abate walk for eight hours to take their children to and from school. When the family arrive home, they are hungry, but errratic weather patterns have made it increasingly harder for for Anguwaliw and to grow enough food to feed her family.

    Send a Cow is working alongside Angualiwe and her family as part of our Developing Business Women project in the Kutaber District, Ethiopia. Our team are supporting Anguwaliw to ensure she has the tools and training she needs to fight the climate crisis and feed her family for the long-term. With your help, we can reach more families, to help them fight hunger and the climate crisis.  

    We asked Anguwaliwe:

    What kind of challenges do you face because of the climate crisis?

    Consumption is a challenge. We don’t have much food. We do our best to do labour work and get by. My husband prepares wood for people who have trees. We do any work [that we can so that we] never [have to] sleep without food, especially for our children. We cultivate our land, but the season is challenging. It is a difficult time for us and everyone else. If we had rain [to produce enough food] we would even borrow [food] from our rich neighbours [because we can return it].”

    How has Send a Cow supported you?

    “Send a Cow has trained me on kitchen gardening, reproductive health, saving and credit schemes and business skills. My kitchen garden was left empty for so long. After [my] training, I have planted cabbage and beetroot. If we have extreme rain, we prepare waterways and bunds against it. I feel hopeful for the future [because I am] working with Send a Cow.”

    How is the climate crisis affecting you right now?

    “I was born here, and as far as I can remember, the climate was better in the past. I remember that people harvested good produce. Now, we have no produce; it is dry and there is no change. Climate change is a problem. We have lost crops due to extreme rain and cold weather. The crop plant dies before giving any seed, so we cut it and feed it to cattle, just like this year. The bean, which was due between November and January, died at a plant stage and we fed it to cattle.”

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    How does Relay for Hope work?

    Join Send a Cow’s virtual relay!

    Pledge to walk, run, or cycle your target distance between 1st Jan and 31st March 2022.  

    This could be as simple as logging the miles you walk when out with your dog, or going out for a run around your local green space.

    Raising just £60 could help three families with the tools, seeds and training in sustainable farming, soil health and rainwater harvesting so they can stand up to extreme weather and grow enough to eat.

    Once you’ve completed your goal distance, next pass on the virtual baton by challenging a friend or family to take part!

    Sign up today for just £12.70 and bring hope to a family in rural Africa.

     

    How do I join the Strava team?

    Click here to join our Strava team. We love to see how creative our participants can be – can you run the shape of a cow or spell our Relay for Hope?!

    How do I join the Facebook Community?

    Let us and others know how you're getting moving by joining our "Relay for Hope" Facebook Community and Strava team.

    Click here to join our Facebook Community and share your progress and top training and fundraising tips with the rest of the Herd.

      I was born here, and as far as I can remember, the climate was better in the past. Climate change is a problem. Now, we have no produce; it is dry and there is no change.The climate is changing. The weather is warm. It was never warm here.

    Anguwaliw, Send a Cow farmer, Ethiopia 

    Register to join our virtual relay across rural Africa. Walk, run or cycle any distance. Get fit, cut carbon and help families in rural Africa fight hunger and the climate crisis. Your support could help three families with the tools, seeds and training in sustainable farming, soil health and rainwater harvesting so they can stand up to extreme weather and grow enough to fight hunger.

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