As the British public look ahead and ask when will charity shops be open? East African Playgrounds has been holding a virtual fundraising challenge: Quest to Bidibidi where teams of up to 12 people can do their favourite activity to journey 8,800 virtual kilometres from the charity's headquarters in Bletchley, all the way to Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda.

Over 120 people have teamed up in the last few weeks to cycle, run, walk, do housework, and complete some exciting challenges to help their teams make it towards the finish line.

One such team who are showing that virtual team sports are allowed, is team 'Bikes and Bants' who, after just 32 days used their biking prowess to complete the challenge. What's more, through their fantastic fundraising, donations have raised over £2,000 from team Bikes and Bants alone. All teams have now raised over £4,400 for the organisation which is able to double the impact of donations received until 1 June, thanks to the Department for International Development's UK Aid Match Appeal

In April, East African Playgrounds launched the virtual fundraising challenge in response to the growing need to help vulnerable refugee children in Uganda recover from trauma through play. As COVID-19 has taken hold of the entire world, the charity wanted to continue to fundraise to help make a difference to the lives of 27,000 refugee children in Bidibidi and offer its supporters something incredible, improving their health and well-being along the way.

Team Bikes and Bants is made up of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. Rob Taylor, Team Leader of ‘Bikes and Bants’, Lawyer and Trustee of East African Playgrounds couldn’t wait to support the organisation doing his favourite activity – cycling. He said, “I’ve been an avid supporter of East African Playgrounds’ work for some years now. Having lived in Uganda myself, I have seen the difference donations can make to the lives of vulnerable children and communities in this part of the World. When staff at the charity told me about the challenge, I couldn’t wait to sign-up and put my bike to good use during this time. I’m incredibly proud of my team and hope that many others will get involved for this worthy cause – we all have a role to play.”

The challenge will continue over the next few months and teams can sign-up by visiting My Virtual Mission. It costs £10 to join or £25 if participants want to donate when signing up and receive a marvelous medal upon completion of the challenge.