Video: RunMadagascar Success

“It was at the end of April this year that Pete Fleck and I took a leap into the unknown and signed up to race across Madagascar in the 4 Deserts 2014 Roving Race.

A 250km self-supported running race was something the likes of which neither of us had ever attempted, but we knew that if we were to undertake this challenge, we would have to do it properly. Not only were we excited about the competitive nature of the event, but we were also eager to try and do some good, and so decided to attempt to raise R300 000 for the Good Work Foundation (GWF) during the course of our training.

Starting small in both donations and training, we steadily progressed from $100 dollar donations and 5km runs to 50km runs with 10kg backpacks on and some individual donations topping $4000!

The race was tough. Understatement. It was long, hot, and took us through some pretty brutal terrain. But ultimately, long hours of preparation and sticking together as a team is what got us through.

We ended up hitting our target in our fundraising drive, finishing with a total of R300 000 raised for the GWF.

I’ll let the video take you through the rest of it, but I’d just like to take this opportunity to extend an enormous thank you to those who donated and those who supported us through our training and the race itself.

And of course, my biggest thank you goes to Pete Fleck, a true gentleman, who is quite simply the best training and racing partner I could have asked for.

We’re already thinking of entering another one… watch this space…”

Written and Filmed by James Tyrrell

About the RunMadagascar Fundraiser

James Tyrrell and Pete Fleck are Game Rangers who work at the world-renowned Londolozi Private Game Reserve, which is part of one of the largest Transfrontier National Parks in the world. James and Pete are crazy about wildlife conservation, but they are as passionate about education. Still today, less than 10 percent of rural South Africans graduate from high school proficient in the two most important languages of the world: English and digital.

James and Pete took part in the six-day, 250 kilometre RacingThePlanet’s Roving Race in August and September, 2014.

The goal was to raise R300,000 or $30,000 for our Open Learning Academy model. The money raised will plug public primary schools into GWF’s Open Learning Academies, ensuring access to world-class maths, English and digital literacy for thousands of rural children.

A big thank you from the entire team at GWF – this was an incredible effort and it was a pleasure to be able to present James with a token of our immense appreciation at a graduation ceremony held at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre on 31 October 2014.


James Tyrrell, flanked by fellow ranger Jess Boon (left), Londolozi Head Ranger Kate Imrie (right) and GWF CEO Kate Groch (far right), holds the Pink Digital Tree of Knowledge which he accepted on behalf of himself and Pete Fleck as a recognition by the GWF of their fundraising efforts.