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Please read below to see what a few of our charity partners have to say about us:

Lindsay Seeger

Lindsay Seeger, Community Engagement Specialist

Working with Charity Challenge in Canada has been great.  The workshop about using their back-end system made everything so much easier and we were able to get our page ready to go live quickly.  The resources available, the website and the support from the charity challenge team has been fantastic and they have helped every step of the way in this process. 

Lindsay Seeger, Community Engagement Specialist at UNICEF Canada

Jennifer Chow

Jennifer Chow, Community Events Coordinator

I think once we get this program up and running off it’s feet, our partnership with Charity Challenge will be truly valuable. Because of this partnership, Second Harvest will be able to offer experiences of a lifetime all in support of our organization. Since this is a new concept in our community, I believe the response will be well received.

The support you receive from the organizers at Charity Challenge is outstanding. Simon and his team are quick to respond and always willing to go the extra mile to help your charity. They are interested in knowing more about you so that they are able to accommodate your needs and guide you every step of the way. Having this support truly gives the charity a better direction on how to work with your donors and promote this fabulous opportunity.

Attending the seminars are very valuable as Simon and his team are very thorough and explain all the finer details that your charity needs to know. Since Charity Challenge offers you so much guidance, support and materials that you can use at your disposal, it is very beneficial that your charity knows how to work through the website and understand the concept of it all from start to finish. The team will also walk you through important questions  regarding tax receipting, laws, contracts, etc. that are vital to know.

Jennifer Chow, Community Events Coordinator at Second Harvest Canada

Nadha

Nadha

Charity Challenge offers a unique opportunity for people to challenge themselves and get fit, while raising money for a great cause. Since AC-AF works primarily in East Africa, we are particularly excited by the Kilimanjaro Summit Climb, although all of the challenges offer a one-of- a- kind experience.

At every step of the way, Charity Challenge was available to answer our questions. It was clear that they had done the necessary research and tailored the website and information for Canadian charities and their supporters.

From holding group information sessions and webinars to ensuring their availability for one-to-one sessions with individual charities, Charity Challenge has been a committed partner. We look forward to continuing to work with Simon, Marc  and the rest of the Charity Challenge team in the future.

Breast Cancer Care, Fundraising Team

Breast Cancer Care, Fundraising Team

“Charity Challenge organised a fantastic bespoke trek for us to Peru.  Their attention to detail, professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile really sets them apart from their competitors.  No stone is left unturned in the planning and their team on the ground in Peru were just as brilliant.  We would recommend them to anyone considering taking part in a trek.”

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Amount Raised on Charity Challenge Expeditions for Comic Relief: £3,326,142!

"We have worked very closely with Charity Challenge over the past year to organise the BT Red Nose Climb for Red Nose Day 2009 and have valued their expertise and experience in organising events of this kind to ensure its smooth and successful operation. They managed the incredibly complex logistics and their itinerary enabled plenty of acclimatisation resulting in 100% of the group reaching the summit. This has become one of the UK's most successful fundraising ventures, and we recognise Charity Challenge's part in helping make this such a success."

Barnardo's

Barnardo's, Kirsty Low, Challenge Events Coordinator, Barnardo's

“The tools available for charities on the charity challenge website are fantastic. Not only can you send out a response to an enquiry in seconds, that response email links directly to everything a future participant would want to know about the challenge. The marketing tools are a great resource; being able to produce charity branded brochure in minutes, analyse all of your previous participants in a click, and the constant offer of experience and help on offer.”

Breast Cancer Campaign

Breast Cancer Campaign, Fundraising Manager

Amount Raised on Charity Challenge Expeditions for Breast Cancer Campaign: £81,000

Case Study: In 2005 Breast Cancer Campaign launched an exclusive overseas challenge programme in conjunction with Charity Challenge. In October 2006 Breast Cancer Awareness Month was celebrated with over 25 trekkers taking on the Inca Trail challenge.

Breast Cancer Campaign continues to promote the wide variety of open treks which Charity Challenge has to offer. This gives all our supporters a great choice of destinations, challenge types and experiences. The working relationship we have enables us to concentrate on supporting our fundraisers to raise above and beyond their minimum sponsorship, as we can rely on Charity Challenge to look after the logistics of the trip and always be available to answer any queries we may have.

 

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Events Executive

Amount Raised on Charity Challenge Expeditions for Breakthrough: Over £750,000

Case Study: Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the UK's leading charity committed to fighting breast cancer on three fronts; research, campaigning and education.  Sadly one in nine women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point of their lives, with over 46,000 women diagnosed each year.  These women are our mothers, daughters, friends and loved ones.  By taking on one of these treks or challenges you will be helping raise vital funds so that we can continue to work towards our goal of a future free from the fear of breast cancer.  Breakthrough's trekking team are on hand to support you every step of the way.  We can help with fundraising ideas and guidance, provide free fundraising materials and much more!  We help to make reaching your fundraising target as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Katie Arkle, Events Executive

ActionAid

ActionAid, Supporter Events Manager

Case Study: "We have enjoyed working with Charity Challenge since we launched overseas challenges to our supporters in 2001. Since then we have raised over £2 million in sposnorship for ActionAid's work through overseas challenges.
 
Charity Challenge worked closely with us to develop a bespoke overseas challenge portfolio tailored to our unique charity brand and experience. Together we have developed and continue to offer inclusive, engaging and life-changing experiences for the benefit of our supporters and the people we work with all over the world.
 
We would recommend Charity Challenge to any charity looking to work with a tour operator offering a professional service, years of experience, and good quality tour arrangements using experienced ground staff."
 
Maria Georgiou, Supporter Events Manager

NSPCC

NSPCC

Case Study: We are constantly approached by tour operators eager for our business but no one matches Charity Challenge for their ethical approach and charitable ethos.  They strike a harmonious balance between running a successful, thriving business and providing charities of all sizes with opportunities to raise much needed funds. The fact that they donate $20 (US) per participant to a local community project in the challenge area is the icing on the cake.   

The staff are always available, friendly and knowledgeable whether they are based in the London office or in situ on a trek.  We’ve had people trek with other tour operators but they say Charity Challenge got them nearer to experiencing life in distant communities. I have no doubt that these are the attributes that bring in repeat business both for them and us.

Action for Children

Action for Children, Mass Participation Events Manager

"Charity Challenge expeditions provide us with a very successful and attractive fundraising tool to offer our supporters. They're a fantastic company to work with, nothing is too much trouble for them and they've given us some fantastic marketing ideas. Over the last 5 years we have raised thousands of pounds through our supporters' participation on open Charity Challenge expeditions, including treks to Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and the Kilimanjaro challenge."

Jenna Watkins, Mass Participation Events Manager

CLIC - Cancer & Leukaemia In Children

CLIC - Cancer & Leukaemia In Children, Beverley Mackenzie, Challenge Events Manager, CLIC Sargent,

“CLIC Sargent has worked with Charity Challenge for many years to organise and run both exclusive and open challenge events for our corporate teams, major donor teams, committees, community and regional fundraisers.
 
We have worked with Charity Challenge in the past and will continue to work with them in the future, because the service we receive from them is very professional and of a continuously high standard. They are always improving their level of service with new administrative developments, making our life and our challengers’ lives much much easier. The feedback from our challengers is consistently positive and we have a large amount of repeat business, specifically within our corporate, major donor and community teams.
 
Charity Challenge offer professional booking facilities, a unique members area with tons of information and support materials and we genuinely know that our clients will have their tour operation enquiries dealt with in an efficient manner. If ever we have cause to enquire about an issue or matter raised by a client, it is always dealt with efficiently and professionally and to ours and our challengers’ satisfaction. I’m confident that my challengers are in safe, experienced hands during an event with Charity Challenge and should anything go wrong or someone need medical treatment, I trust the Charity Challenge team 100% to give the best standard of care and support.
 
Charity Challenge understand the constraints we work within (fundraising ratios / budgets / red tape etc) and are constantly working with us to improve the way in which we operate, to help reduce costs and streamline wherever possible.
 
As a close partner of Charity Challenge, they also help bring speculative business to us, including recently for example a group of 100 professional women wanting to do a Sahara Desert Trek. Through their introduction, the group are now supporting CLIC Sargent and bringing awareness of how we support children and young people with cancer to a new audience within the UK.
 
When one of our regional fundraisers has some interest in a specific destination or type of event, Charity Challenge will speak directly to our staff and if needs be the supporters themselves, to help transform the interest into bookings. Recently, it took just a matter of days to get a group from Scotland who were interested in climbing Kilimanjaro to being able to book online through Charity Challenge on an exclusive CLIC Sargent group fully branded and marketed for this individual group’s very specific and personal needs.
 
They have worked with our major donors, corporate clients, and community fundraisers and we are confident that they will be handled with the same attention to detail as if we were to be dealing with them ourselves.”
 

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK, Events Manager

Case Study: We have worked with Charity Challenge for insert number of years and have been very happy with the service we have received. More than that though we always receive excellent feedback from our supporters and this is the most important thing. Each year we aim to run a couple of exclusive challenges and the organisation of these is always excellent. In addition to this we also have a number of supporters who choose to join open challenges and it is great to have this flexibility.

One of the things we find most invaluable about Charity Challenge is the excellent support you receive from the staff. This is in addition to the fantastic website which includes an excellent range of marketing materials that make life a lot easier when it comes to promoting challenges to our supporters.

Diabetes UK really encourages a healthy and active lifestyle and this ties in very well with the events that Charity Challenge run. The range of challenges is great and it means that we can reach a wide audience because there is something to suit everyone.

Hannah Mullervy, Events Manager

Meningitis Research Foundation

"Charity Challenges are an increasingly popular way of raising vital funds for Meningitis Research Foundation. We have found that working with Charity Challenge has given us the professional support and enthusiasm we needed to launch and develop our programme and offer our members and supporters exciting adventures. In the words of one of our members 'I didn't want the adventure to end’."

Sarah Campbell - Community Fundraising Officer

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Asmin Chen

"It is a different way to travel - the best way!"

Gui Wong

Twenty two participants finished the challenge. It's been an incredible journey with life long friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Together we raised approx $65k towards a future without breast cancer. Four survivors were a part of our team. Everyone was amazing. The chemistry of the team, our wonderful guides along with fantastic weather contributed towards everyone's success.

It's been an incredible journey and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful team.

Adios,

Gui

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric

"After many years of running typical corporate hospitality for our client base and supply chain, whilst visiting various sporting events, our factories and manufacturing plants in Scotland and the far East, Mitsubishi Electric decided to take a new approach to teambuilding and networking.  We've launched a series of charity challenge events to Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia and now India!

We engaged our clients to join us on this incredible journey rather than a traditional Corporate Hospitality event. By participating, they bought into our vision of doing something physically demanding yet totally fulfilling. This entailed not only considerable fitness training, but raising vital funds for a worthwhile cause.

Having completed three of the challenges myself, I can honestly say we have never engaged our client base and supply chain in a more beneficial and positive way. The results are incredible. We have raised over $250,000 for Save the Children and we're aiming to set the bar even higher and raise another $170,000 on our up and coming challenge to India. To have raised around $420,000 for such a worthy cause is something that we can all be incredible proud of.

 As a result of this, we've developed much stronger ties from a business perspective to those clients who have participated in these challenges and we can see the commercial benefits to our on-going business.

I would wholeheartedly encourage any business to consider the benefits of such challenges for their own company."

 

JOHN NOCK General Manager, Commercial Heating Systems Mitsubishi Electric,

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

"We're very happy that the challegne went well, and we're grateful that we have a partner in Charity Challenge whom we could trust to take the best possible care of our supporters."

Hala Al-Madi
Resource Development Associate

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