If you took part in the 2017 Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, you will know that the BBC were there, capturing the action to create an Adventure Show episode featuring the Event. The BBC have confirmed the date of the programme transmission; Sunday 12thNovember at 7pm, on BBC 2 Scotland. You can catch it on the iPlayer too. Check out our Facebook page to see the trailer for the show: Facebook
Ed Smith covered the event again this year and you can now view and purchase his photos. Click here to go to Ed Smith Photography website.
You can also view and download low resolution watermarked versions at the WildFox Events Flickr page.
Mary’s Meals works with communities in some of the world’s most impoverished areas to set up and deliver school feeding programmes that provide one nutritious daily meal in a place of education for hungry children where children so often miss school because of hunger and poverty. 1,230,171 children receive Mary’s Meals around the world, as well as their teachers, families, and wider communities. Thanks to the commitment and fundraising efforts of Quad competitors Mary’s Meals is able to provide vital support to over 7,500 chronically hungry children in Malawi. It costs just £13.90 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year and we are committed to spending at least 93p of every £1 donated directly on our charitable activities.
Fatsileni from Malawi explains, “Sometimes we haven’t eaten in days, so my tummy aches and I feel weak. I couldn’t concentrate in school before and would have to go home,” Earlier this year, we were able to start serving Mary’s Meals in Fatsileni’s primary school for the first time. She tells us joyfully: “Now Mary’s Meals is at school and we can eat in the morning! It is such a big relief for my parents. They know I have had something to eat in the day.” Without a daily meal in their place of education girls like Fatsileni and all of those enrolled in schools supported by the quadrathlon are much less likely to go to school. Mary’s Meals is offering children in Malawi – and all over the world – hope for the future.
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
The world is more fragile than ever. Food shortages have left millions of people hungry, while violent conflict has sent millions on the run. From poverty and malnutrition to natural disasters and climate change, it’s easy to see a world of insurmountable challenges. Instead, we see an opportunity to creative transformative change.
In crisis, we believe in the power of human potential. In struggle, we believe in the ability of communities to grow stronger.
Since 2005, over £1.1m has been raised from the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon. From Ethiopia to Syria, money raised from the Quadrathlon has been directly invested into where it is needed the most. From microfinance projects, to educating marginalized girls in Nepal; funds have been invested into programmes that demonstrate innovative, bold, create solutions to complex crises.
Thank you for the effort you have put into participating in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, and for supporting Mercy Corps. Together, we can empower people to survive through crisis, build better lives and transforms their communities for good.
Best of luck,
On 6th July 2019 you can choose the Bronze, Silver or Gold route option.
Bronze is a triathlon with a 10 mile walk or run over 5 Munros, a 7 mile kayak and a 34 mile cycle.
Silver includes a 0.8 mile swim, with a 13 miles run or walk over 6 Munros.
Gold is the toughest challenge with the 0.8 mile swim, a 15 mile walk over 7 Munros, and the 7 mile kayak and 34 mile cycle round Loch Tay.
The Bronze route starts on the north side of Loch Tay, opposite Ardtalnaig. The Silver and Gold routes start at Kindrochit on the south side of Loch Tay at Ardtalnaig. All the walking routes are over the spectacular Ben Lawers mountain range, while the kayak leg starts at Milton of Morenish on the north side of Loch Tay and finishes at Ardtalnaig. The cycle route starts there and circumnavigates Loch Tay in an anti-clockwise direction.
If you are anything like me, with less than two months to go until the quad, your mind will be on the impending physical challenge that we all will soon face. It is easy to forget in the midst of this challenge the reason why we signed up for The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon – to raise money for two worthwhile charities. Along with the physical battle which we must overcome on the day we are also required to raise £450 each (in a team of two) towards Mary’s Meals and Mercy Corps. For two so-called professional fundraisers; Mary’s Meals team “Quadrophenia” has a lot to live up to!
Recently, Mary’s Meals launched our film Generation Hope online. This award-winning film tells the stories of some of the young people who received and enjoyed the benefits of Mary’s Meals as children and are now partof a new generation beginning to find its voice and build a brighter future.
We jumped at the chance to use Generation Hope to raise awareness of Mary’s Meals and our epic challenge by hosting a film night in our office. This was a fantastic opportunity to tell our colleagues some humiliating stories from our Loch Tay training sessions and show them the life changing difference that their donation can make.
To see the great work that Mary’s Meals does in 14 countries throughout the world, you can watch our film Generation Hope here.
See what your fundraising can achieve!
Last year, Quad participants raised crucial funds for our projects around the world. Watch this video and see how Mercy Corps helped transformed the lives of 30 million people in 2016, and be inspired in knowing that your fundraising will create lasting change. Set up your Virgin Giving page, encourage your friends and families to donate, and join us in empowering people to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.
With only two full months left to train for this year’s quad, our training is underway.
My teammate Joe has a big advantage in one of the disciplines and thinks he is quite the Bradley Wiggins… Joe has been steadily training for the gruelling 34-mile cycle since signing up for the quad
last September. Joe has said, ‘I am really looking forward to the cycling element of the quad. Cycling to work every day has not only been a great way to fit more training into my schedule but has also helped me to find a new lovefor the sport.’
I, on the other hand, have had to relearn how to ride a bike! After some failed attempts, scuffed knees and tantrums I am finally on the bike and training.
During this challenge, I was reminded of Dyson Chitdowe from our film Generation Hope. Dyson is our school feeding monitor in Malawi and uses a motorbike to visit the schools. Dyson is an orphan who once ate our meals at school. He is now employed by Mary’s Meals as a motorbike monitor, roaming the district to perform spot checks on the schools. Dyson says that it was Mary’s Meals that made him go to school.
“I am the only member of my family that has done well in life” he says, serious and articulate. “And now I am supportingthe rest of them. My brother is 17 and just starting Year Two; I also support
my sister and her two children. It’s a challenge for me but I love doing it.”
When children asked Dyson about his job he told them how they too must work hard so that they can have a job and ride around on a motorbike. “I’m a role model and I take it very seriously,” he
says. “It’s one of my favourite things about my job. This is our new generation of leaders. They are bound to make things better.”
Dyson has helped me to remember that the challenges I face in preparation for the quadrathlon this July are small incomparison to those faced by many in the countries where we work. Our struggles
in the next few months will not go unnoticed as we help to give 1,230,171 children a route out of poverty.
The last leg of the Quad is when you rely on you bike to get you over that finish line. Other people around the world rely on their bikes as well, but for different kinds of challenges.
Meet Yousef, a Syrian teenager living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Zaatari is more than a camp; it’s a small city home to 80,000 refugees and spans two square miles. Where few own cars, buses are limited, taxis are too expensive and walking at length in the desert heat is dangerous, having a bike is a lifeline in the camp.
Bikes connect friends and families. People use bikes to commute to work and bikes themselves provide jobs through repair shops. In the Zaatari refugee camp, bikes allow movement and give people a sense of freedom, which can mean so much for those who are far from home and feel trapped in the camp.
Yousef uses his bike - amongst many things - to attend one of Mercy Corps’ youth centres, which serves as an informal school, gym and social centre for the camp’s young residents. Through the sports provided, such as football, weightlifting, wrestling, gymnastics, and aerobics, he has made friends, released stress and learned the value of positive thinking. For Yousef, these sports activities have given him a sense of hope he had all but lost: he has been inspired to become a sports coach when he grows up.
Your fundraising efforts can support activities such as these, which help young refugees cope with trauma, learn life skills and build healthy relationships. 34 miles on your bike may seem like a lifetime, but your determination can support individuals living in crisis with help that will have a lasting impact.