Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for children and youth in rural South Africa and Zimbabwe through athletic challenges. Our vision is that every child in rural Southern Africa has access to a quality education.Donate Now Follow Us
What we’ve done with your help.
The Ubunye Challenge focuses on early childhood education because study after study proves that education at a young age provides longterm, lasting, positive outcomes. Providing children with education at an early age (when brain development is rapid) insures they are ready to learn when they enter primary school. Conversely, those who do not receive early childhood education start primary school already behind, and rarely catch up to their luckier peers. By intervening early, we can give these children a fighting chance to get a decent education, without which they will undoubtedly remain mired in poverty.All Endeavors
How we build awareness.
The Ubunye Challenge was founded when Cameron and a motley crew of South Africans and Zimbabweans decided they wanted to cycle the length of the United Kingdom, swim the English Channel and row across an Ocean. They completed all of those endeavours under the banner of the Ubunye Challenge and continue to push their own athletic limits with the main purpose of building awareness to fulfill Ubunye's vision that every child in rural Southern Africa has access to a quality education.
Ubunye athletes participate in myriad types of athletic events from 10km runs to rowing to Antarctica - and everything in between!All Challenges
Swim Around Barbados
In November 2018 Cameron Bellamy swam 96K around the island of Barbados in just under 41 hours.
Barbados to St Lucia
Cameron Bellamy swam 150K from Barbados to St. Lucia in 2019. The longest channel swim ever.
The Impossible Row
In December 2019, Cameron Bellamy was part of a six-man crew who rowed 655 nautical miles across the roughest and coldest waters on earth. The crossing was the first fully human-powered and unsupported crossing of the Drake Passage ever completed.
Indian Ocean Rowing Expedition
On 11 June 2014 a team of 7 (including Ubunye’s founder, Cameron Bellamy, who rowed in the stroke seat of the boat