Since 2013, Vodafone employees (aka #TeamVodafone) have helped Vodafone Foundation tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems through fitness and fundraising.
Together, we’ve run, cycled and hiked to raise £9m to address a range of issues from the refugee crisis, to mental health and human trafficking.
Now the Foundation are taking on Your Planet, with a new campaign to help restore the health of the world we live, love and breathe. Every penny raised will support the work of charities using conservation technology to protect our world.
All money raised will be channelled to Vodafone Foundation’s Planet Fund and will be allocated at the discretion of Vodafone Foundation Trustees to existing and new charitable partners.
*In accordance with local Government and WHO guidance, event dates remain subject to the Covid-19 recovery plans and travel measures in each respective country. Participants are strongly advised to arrange suitable insurance when making plans for an Epic Challenge.
A legendary North to South traverse of the Western Alps
Route: A North to South traverse of the Western Alps
Location: Grenoble to Nice, France
Date: 7 – 11 September 2022
Entry Fee: £440
Fundraising Target: £3,700
You will experience breathless sightseeing in its purest form as you ride from Grenoble, the capital of the Alps up to some of the most iconic Tour climbs before a 115km descent to clear waters of the Cote d’Azur.
The world’s toughest row. The challenge to conquer all challenges. Do you have what it takes?
Route: San Sebastian, Canary Islands – Antigua & Barbuda
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Date: December 2023
These events are managed by Vodafone Foundation’s charity partner, Tusk. Your fundraising will be restricted by Vodafone Foundation to support their work.
An adventurous trek through Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains in support of Tusk’s work
Location: Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Date: 1-10 October 2022
Entry fee: £300
Fundraising target: £1,500
Embark on a 4-day challenging trek through the stunning landscapes of the National Park, home to high biodiversity including 54 endemic species, and Africa’s third highest mountain, Mount Stanley.
Payments: The total cost for the trip is £1,850, on top of which you are asked to fundraise at least £1,500 for Tusk. A £300 deposit is payable at the time of booking, and a payment plan can be arranged to spread the cost of the balance. The cost includes return flights from London, all transfers and transport in Uganda, accommodation, meals, guides, trek fees and permits.
An epic 100km Ultra Marathon in the South of England
Route: Figure of eight starting At Goodwood Racecourse exploring the iconic South Downs and Chichester Harbour AONB.
Location: South Downs, UK
Date: 11 – 12 June 2022
Entry Fee: £55
Fundraising Target: £350
Dulux Race to the King you can walk, jog or run across the South of England taking in coastal paths, ancient villages and the South Downs Way.
Once in a lifetime challenge through the Arctic wilderness in January 2022.
Participants became intrepid explorers as they took on a 40km dog sled time trail, 20km Nordic Ski and Quinze shelter build, all with the Arctic Lapland backdrop of Kiruna, Sweden and the dazzling Northern Lights.
In 2021, Team Vodafone completed an epic 100km Ultra Marathon in the North East of England from 26-27 June.
In HEINEKEN Race to the Castle, participants could walk, jog or run through stretching moors and ancient woodlands to the magnificent finish at Bamburgh Castle.
Check out the photos and if you’re feeling inspired, you can sign up to this year’s Race to the King above.
This UK based charity has a vision for a future in which people and wildlife can both thrive across Africa.
Founded at the height of the last poaching crisis in Africa when 100,000 elephants were being slaughtered every year for ivory, they are on a mission to ensure we are not the generation that lets Africa’s unique wildlife disappear.
Through progressive conservation initiatives using technology, the conservation of healthy habitats and involving local people in the solutions, Tusk are paving the way for a sustainable future for Africa’s incredible wildlife.
This Netherlands based charity is working to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
If nothing is done, plastic pollution is set to quadruple by mid-century, impacting our ecosystems, health and economies.
They are embarking on the biggest cleanup in history, aiming to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic pollution by 2040. On top of that, they’re developing advanced solutions to intercept plastic in rivers, to halt it before it can enter the ocean.
Support our Your Planet campaign by setting up a Just Giving page or donating here.
"100km run was never on my bucket list, but I am so glad I have done it. It’s tough, but so much fun and a huge sense of achievement. Having a running buddy who was constantly in good spirits was the biggest highlight. It was all completely crazy, the weather was foul, which made the whole experience even more surreal. Food at halfway point was very good, and the showers were epic. The Foundation Team are amazing so you will have a superb support team with you."
- Joe Griffin, Race to the Castle 2021 participant
"Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was an unforgettable and amazing adventure! The final summit push in the early hours of the morning was one of my most challenging experiences, and it was all worthwhile for the great charitable cause. Standing on the summit and roof of Africa was very rewarding, the sight of the curvature of the earth was just unreal. This experience wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the best Vodafone team!"
- Sarah El Haja, Mt Kilimanjaro 2020 participant
"I joined Vodafone in September 2020 so RTTC was my first sign up and big opportunity as a new starter. If it hadn’t had been for my dad, I don’t think I would’ve finished. I’m so grateful I got to share my greatest achievement with him. I would really recommend this challenge to anyone wanting to push themselves and feel incredibly strong, both physically and mentally. I can’t wait to sign up for RTTK and will once again be completing the challenge with my dad by my side."
- Anna Hughes, Race to the Castle 2021 participant
"Day one is a killer, day two isn’t much easier, and by the time you get to day three, your legs are made of steel and you can pretty much do anything. I wasn’t out to win it. Consequently, I was sometimes one of the last ones back at camp, but that didn’t matter as I had time to see all the beautiful countryside we cycled through.
It is by far one of the best things I have done in my life and one of my proudest achievements".
- Dave Baines, Ride Across Britain 2019 participant
Vodafone Epic Challenges has a history of working with Threshold Sports on breathtaking and spectacular events dating back to 2014 when the first group of intrepid cyclists took on Ride Across Britain.
Vodafone employees, partners, friends and family have taken on challenges such as
In these uncertain times, there is no one we would feel more suited to providing safe and secure events, while maintaining that ‘Epic Challenge magic’ that we have all come to know and love.
Please follow this link to find about more about Threshold, Vodafone Foundation and the history of our our Epic Challenges.