15 Challenge raises funds for Education

Did you know that PONT is 15 years old this year? To celebrate, some PONT volunteers took on challenges with a ‘15’ theme to raise funds for Education projects for children and young people in Mbale. Between them they raised a whopping £1033!

Together they helped make sure that our team in Uganda can continue to support and visit schools all over the Mbale region and organise training of Ugandan teachers so that can do their best for all their pupils including children with special needs.


Anne has visited Mbale with PONT and has been involved with fundraising ever since. For this ’15 Challenge’ she challenged herself to learn 5 words of Welsh every day for 15 days.


Friends and family could nominate the 5 words if they sponsored her at least £5. She said the hardest word for her to learn was ‘llyfrgell’ (library) and her favourite word was ‘oi’ (egg)!

Phil and Kath

Phil and Kath Rickards are the education officers of PONT and have helped set up over 100 school partnerships between schools in Wales and the Mbale region of Uganda – they’ve been involved right from the start of PONT’s history!


Over the past 15 years they have visited Mbale regularly and each time come back more determined than ever to make a difference. They have seen how the standard of education has improved as a result of the interventions of PONT School Partnerships.


This year, Phil & Kath decided to walk to 15 local “PONT schools” (schools that have a link with a school in Uganda) in 3 days taking a photo outside each one and walk 150 miles each during the month of June:

June 8th – Day 1

1.35 – just about to leave the house on our walk to schools.

2.10 – walked 1.3 miles reached Parc Lewis – what used to be Park School where Phil started school 73 years and 51 weeks ago today.

2.30 – at St Michael’s, walked 2 miles

3.25 – at Heolycelyn – walked 3.6 miles

3.50 – at Hawthorn – walked 4.6 miles

4.20 – at Cardinal Newman – walked 5.4 miles.

Refreshments before heading home

5.55 – arrived back home – total 8.2 miles today

Think we deserve a cake and cup of tea!

June 9th - Day 2

1.50 – just leaving the house for Glyncoch

3.20 – just leaving Glyncoch for Cilfynydd – walked 2.9 miles.

4.40 – leaving Cilfynydd – walked 4.5 miles.

Taking longer than we thought as we have met a few former pupils and staff on our way!

5.35 – just leaving last of today’s schools – walked 6.5 miles home

Day 2 took longer than we expected as we met quite a few people we knew, but this meant we were given some sponsor money!

June 10th - Day 3

1.25 – all ready to leave our house. Off to Maesycoed, Trehafod and Hopkinstown.

2.00 – arrived at first stop Maesycoed – walked 1.25 miles

2.30 – arrived Trehopcyn – total 2.3 miles. Refreshment break at the chapel. Next stop Trehafod.

3.45 – at Hafod Primary School – total 4.4 miles. Lovely Path of Hope outside.

Our last school was Coed y Lan .We arrived there at 5.10 in the rain but luckily it is just around the corner from our home where we arrived at 5.15 . Total mileage today 7.2

The first of our challenges is now complete!

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