Leadership Challenges and YYY Foundation Launch Cycle Expedition to Build Schools in Nepal

Leadership Challenges has launched e2e Challenge 17, a grueling 400-km cycle expedition between epicentres of the major earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015.

This inaugural event marks the social enterprise’s most challenging fundraising project to date. The route will take 20 riders and support teams through the central hills of Nepal along off-road dirt tracks, some of which have only just been fully opened up for vehicles. The event takes place over the first two weeks of November 2017, and Leadership Challenges is welcoming applications for the last remaining places in the peloton.

The primary aim of e2e Challenge 17 is to generate vital funds for YYY Foundation, a UK registered charity dedicated to bringing relief to earthquake victims in Nepal.

Searching out remote communities that have received little, if any, support beyond emergency aid, YYY Foundation has facilitated the building of five schools over the last 12 months, and has another four projects underway in 2017. It is hoped that e2e Challenge 17 will raise enough money to fund a further five schools.

In addition, YYY Foundation is developing a school partner initiative to involve UK schools in micro-fundraising projects that will directly support the rebuilding of a Nepalese counterpart school; British pupils will be able to see the impact of their efforts in real-time and engage in activities to promote cross-cultural communication.

The e2e Challenge 17 will shed fresh light on a humanitarian disaster that has largely been forgotten by the world’s media; according to Unicef, 1.5 million of those suffering in Nepal are children, while the United Nations says that a quarter of the country’s population – around 8 million people – have been affected by the quakes.

Background of e2e Challenge 17

The e2e partnership began when Leadership Challenges co-founder, John Hall, met YYY Foundation founder, Sarah Gurung and heard of the essential work being carried out by the organisation.

A former England rugby union international and no stranger to leading extreme challenges for charitable causes, John was organiser and captain of the London Pride Spinhalers cycling team during their successful completion of the 2014 Race Across America. His four-man team rode 3,000 miles across the US in under seven days, raising £57,266 for Asthma UK in the process.

John then organised and captained the Ruck and Rollers cycling squad. Consisting of two 8-person teams, the Ruck and Rollers successfully completed the 2015 Race Across America, raising a further £83,556 for Asthma UK.

John saw how Leadership Challenges could work with YYY Foundation to create a once-in-a-lifetime challenge riding in the Himalaya that might make a tangible difference to the lives of people in Nepal. His vision inspired colleagues at Leadership Challenges, and e2e Challenge 17 was born.

The search is now underway for adventurous candidates to join the team, help with fundraising and be a part of a uniquely rewarding expedition.

The Challenge

After leaving Singati on 1st November 2017, the expedition strikes out along dirt tracks and ancient byways through the stunning foothills of the Himalaya.

From panoramic views of Everest and the Annapurna Massif, the trail descends into serene valleys to test riders’ river-fording skills as much as their stamina. The course takes in sprawling terraced fields, lung-busting climbs and exhilarating downhill sections as it joins the dots between villages that were damaged or destroyed in the earthquakes.

Being on the frontline of a global crisis, participants will be responsible for playing an active role in helping communities in Nepal. Little aid is getting into the region and much of the limited infrastructure was destroyed in the quakes. The e2e project will generate funds to build new schools, helping to bring more hope for the future.

The expedition will be vehicle-assisted and supported by a robust medical plan. However, riders will need to tap into new reserves of strength to reach Barpak within the allotted time. The challenge takes place in the autumn, when climactic conditions will be at their most favourable for successful completion.

John Hall, co-founder of Leadership Challenges and e2e Challenge 17 ride captain says:

“The project will generate funds to build new schools while raising awareness of a humanitarian crisis that has been neglected by the world’s media. We have the chance to show the Nepali people that they have not been forgotten and that hope exists.”

Mike Griffiths, Director of Leadership Challenges says:

“The work that the YYY foundation do is incredible. To date they’ve already completed two schools at Siranchour in Sindupalchowk and Chumlingtar in Gorkha.  Our aim is to support the continuation of this much needed work by helping to raise £100,000.”

 Sarah Gurung, founder of the YYY Foundation says:

“Little aid is getting into Nepal. There is limited infrastructure, much of which was destroyed in the quakes and there is virtually no power. e2e Challenge 17 will give a unique opportunity to reach people whose lives have been destroyed.” 

Notes to editors

About YYY Foundation (registered charity 1164116)

  • Entirely staffed and run by volunteers who pay their own way in Nepal, 100 per cent of money raised goes directly to funding each project. The e2e Challenge 17 will make the continuity of projects possible.
  • YYY Foundation is committed to building schools and health-posts across the worst-hit regions of Nepal.
  • YYY Foundation’s fundraising efforts are ongoing. Working in collaboration with Leadership Challenges on e2e Challenge 17 offers a unique opportunity to reach people whose lives have been devastated by the earthquakes during its biggest fundraising drive to date.

About Leadership Challenges

  • Founded in 2015 by Wiltshire-based entrepreneur, Jeffrey Thomas and John Hall, Leadership Challenges is a social enterprise that takes on world-class challenges to change lives for the better.
  • Whether climbing a mountain or cycling across a continent, their team dynamic inspires leadership so that all involved become the best they can be.
  • In all its undertakings, Leadership Challenges strives to raise awareness and essential funds for charitable causes.


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More information about e2e Challenge 17 can be found at:

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