Dame Kelly Holmes looking for adventurous teammates to run, cycle and kayak across Malawi
Double Olympic Champion, British record holder and charity founder Dame Kelly Holmes, along with 20 teammates, will run, cycle and kayak across Malawi in support of improving nutrition.
Food security remains a serious issue for Malawi – the 2017 Global Hunger Index states that over a quarter of the country’s population are undernourished.
Kelly is excited to be working with the education and philanthropic travel company Orbis Expeditions to help them launch Sport with a Purpose. The cause for 2018’s expedition is Street Chef, an initiative that aims to get more nutritious street food out to Malawians, using locally sourced food, cooked in an environmentally friendly way.
Orbis Expeditions founder Kate Webb, says: “We are excited to be working with Dame Kelly Holmes this year to promote our Sport With A Purpose Expeditions to Malawi, designed to offer incredible challenges while raising awareness for key initiatives in Malawi – this year we’re focusing on the link between nutrition and economic empowerment. We aim for The Orbis Challenge to run annually and, in true Orbis style, be a chance for people to come and appreciate the beauty of Malawi but give part of their expedition time to skills exchange and the support of local development initiatives.”
Dame Kelly Holmes is now searching for 20 teammates to join her for the 7-day expedition. The team will visit Malawian community initiatives in between a 25km run up Mount Mulanje, a 30 or 55km cycle across Zomba Plateau, and a 20km kayak on the stunningly beautiful Lake Malawi.
Applicants should have a high level of fitness, matched by passion, determination, and a sense of adventure! Visit the website for more information about the expedition, or to book a place, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris and Florence combined their passion for permaculture and nutrition with the need in Malawi to fight against deforestation, and came up with stoves that use minimal firewood and are the perfect accessory for a street food kitchen. These stoves come hand in hand with recipes and training for the business ‘street chefs’ on how to make delicious, local food that is cheap to buy, accessible to source and – most importantly – packed with nutrients.
Orbis Expeditions are hoping that the Sport with a Purpose team will be able to join Florence to cook and sample some of the food!
Orbis Expeditions provides specialised planning and logistical support for a range of trips to Malawi, including those for schools, universities and independent travellers. Immersive and inspiring learning experiences, such as collaborative workshops, offer the opportunity for expedition participants to gain insight into global challenges facing rural African communities and give something back. The company is committed to creating sustainable growth through social enterprise, reducing the dependence on the aid industry, and driving tourism-generated income to rural communities. Empowering Malawi’s people through tourism offers a chance for communities to develop out of the poverty cycle.
Orbis Expeditions practices inclusive business – incorporating a country’s development goals with local community collaboration for long-lasting benefit – and is a member of ABTA.