Congratulation to the Mellon Educate volunteers who managed to clock up 31318km in August.

That is enough to travel from Dublin to Cape Town three times! It still not to late to sponsor our FitBlitz participants.

Any volunteers who raise over €250 will be in chance to win a place in the 2021 Building Blitz this August!!

Raise €250 - Win a Place on the Building Blitz

Walk / Run / Wheel 100km with us during the month of August to help support Mellon Educate.

Are you up for the Challenge? Of course you are… It’s only 3km or 4000 steps a day to help equip a child in Africa with an essential tool for life; Education.

The charity’s aim is for all participants to collectively walk 10,000km, the distance between Dublin, via London to Cape Town. As the building blitz cannot take place this year, it is a fantastic concept for those to enjoy with friends and family and raise funds to ensure no teacher or child loses out to the benefits of the Mellon Educate teacher training support programmes.

How to Enter

Entry Fee

  • Individual: Entry €20/£20
  • Groups: Entry €100
  • Children (7 to 17 years old): Entry €5/£5

From Ireland to Cape Town

Leave your wheelbarrow at home and join us in this journey from Ireland to Cape Town!

The Mellon Educate Building Blitz cannot take place this year due to Covid-19 restrictions; however the work of Mellon Educate in some of the poorest communities in South Africa is more important than ever. Help our work by collectively walking, running, or wheeling 10,000km, the distance between Dublin, via London to Cape Town.

You will also be able to create and join groups of friends, local clubs or company leagues. Why not challenge your friends to see who can reach 100km the quickest, or who can do the most km in the month.

A fundraising page will automatically be created & emailed to you, we would love if you could share it on your social media so that your friends and family can support you taking on this challenge in August.

Register for the FitBlitz


What Activity can I do to partake in the challenge?

This challenge is open to walkers, runners, wheelchair users, swimmers and cyclists.

Can I do a mixture of activities?

Yes you can, whatever suits your pace.  Speed does not matter.

How do I track my distance?

During registration, you will be given the option to set up and link to a Strava account which can be used from your smartphone, Fitbit or Activity Tracker.  Your completed KM through your Strava account will automatically update on your individual fundraising page.

Please note you will not be able to view your activities on your fundraising dashboard until the event has started on the 1st of August.

How will the money I raise help Mellon Educate?

As the global pandemic has caused the cancellation of the building blitz in 2020 our requirements for funding to ensure our education team continues is greater than ever. The funding raised from Fitblitz will be used to support this vital work.

Can I do more than 100km?

Yes you can, the more the better, to help us reach our target of 10,000km.

When will I receive my T-shirt and/or medal?

T-shirts and Medals will be dispatched approximately 3 weeks after order.

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About Mellon Educate

Mellon Educate is an Irish-based African development charity founded by developer & philanthropist Niall Mellon in 2002 and established as a charitable company in 2004. Thanks to the enormous collective effort of our volunteers, in conjunction with the South African government, has built houses for 175,000 homeless people in South Africa’s poorest townships. This was only possible because ordinary people took selfless action to do something truly extraordinary, lend a helping hand on our annual “building blitz” in South Africa. In 2012, we proudly celebrated a milestone achievement for the charity with 25,000 houses completed.

Every year our volunteers create new inspiring stories of possibility for children deprived of opportunity in their lives. The legacy of the work accomplished in those 7 days, the skilled labour and heavy lifting of long days, is literally a life achievement. Volunteers are the life-blood of our charity and we value each and every one greatly. A 7 day building blitz in South Africa is an arduous undertaking. It’s no holiday in the sun! What’s more, fundraising to travel and support the construction projects is a colossal challenge before even our volunteers set foot on African soil.

That is why we’re appealing to you, local businesses and people of the community close to our volunteers, to dig deep, to put your hand in your pocket and give our volunteer a dig out so that they can roll up their sleeves and help lift children out of a life of hopelessness to a higher level of education, a level where they can contribute and shape their society. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world“.

In supporting your neighbour’s volunteer efforts, you are equipping the next generation of Africa’s children with the essential tool for life; Education.

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Sign Up for the Fitblitz

Signup for the Mellon Educate FitBlitz and help raise desperately needed funds Mellon Educate’s programmes in South Africa.