BATUK fundraisers close in on charity target

Centre for Extremely Deprived Children (CEDC)
Money raised will help support the Centre for Extremely Deprived Children (CEDC) at the Laikipia Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Nanyuki. Photo: Just Giving

A small group from the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) will next week start a 3 day multifaceted physical challenge between.

Taking place between 9 – 11 January, all proceeds raised will be split evenly between the BATUK Trust and the Centre for Extremely Deprived Children (CEDC) at the Laikipia Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Nanyuki.

The CEDC houses 60+ children, all of whom have lived through what can only be described as hell and all are without parents or carers. Every child there has experienced hardship beyond comprehension and without CEDC, would be homeless or worse. Any donations will go towards supplying every child with somewhere dry and comfortable to sleep and will give the amazing staff there the tools required to help keep the kids clean and fed.

The other good cause benefiting from this fundraising effort is the BATUK Trust which seeks to improve the lives of those living in the communities in and around where the British Army Training Unit Kenya operates.

With Nanyuki situated directly on the equator, it sees exactly 12 hours of sunlight every day so fittingly, 12 is the theme for this challenge which comprises:

Day 1 – Wed 9 Jan 19


To summit Point Lenana on Mount Kenya and back down. The snow-capped Point Lenana sits at 4985m (16,335ft) above sea level and is one of the highest peaks in Africa. The total elevation gained will be over 2000m and total distance covered will be in excess of 34Km, all within 12 daylight hours.

Day 2 – Thu 10 Jan 19


For 12 hours, we’ll complete a 1200m swim followed by 12 holes of golf… Again, and again, and again until the 12 hours are up and the sun goes down.

Day 3 – Fri 11 Jan 19


Every 12th minute – for 12 hours, we’ll all complete the following:

  • 1200m cycle
  • 12 press ups 
  • 12 abdominal crunches
  • 12 burpees
  • 12 box jumps
  • 12 med ball slams

At 2000m (7000ft) altitude, sometimes even walking upstairs can leave you breathless!

At the time of writing, they have raised 92% of their £1,200 target with just £85 remaining and if you would like to support this initiative, you can do so via their JustGiving page.

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