Events are a great way of raising funds for Rafiki Thabo Foundation – they also provide an opportunity to raise the profile of our small charity in your local area. Please contact us or Download our Fundraising pack if you are interested in organising an event to raise funds for Rafiki Thabo.

Rafiki Thabo Cook Off Competition – win a workshop with Prue Leith CBE!

Join in and learn to cook a traditional Ugandan meal! Great fun for the kids (and the child in all of us!) as we urge you to do this authentically, which means no cutlery! Taking part is FREE!

To be in with a chance of winning a coveted place in our intimate ‘an hour with Prue’ Zoom workshop, share photos and videos of your cooking, tagging #rafikithabocookoff #rafikithabofoundation and/or make voluntary donation  (reference ‘cookoff’) BEFORE 26th July!

All you need to do to register and receive updates is ‘Like’ us Facebook @RafikiThabo, follow us on Instagram @rafikithabofoundation and comment on this post! We would welcome lots of sharing too! For the recipe, a video of Ugandan born author @lelanburbridge @lelaburbridge cooking the meal with her family, further info and competition T&Cs, visit our events website or contact us.

Rafiki Thabo Gala Dinner

We are very excited to announce that on Friday 20th November 2020 we will be hosting our second Gala Dinner at the stunning Drapers’ Hall. We shall again enjoy live music at an atmospheric champagne reception before entering the stunning Livery Hall for dining, entertainment and fabulous auction frenzy! We look forward to sharing more information and booking details with you over the next couple of months, but for now, we are very excited about our 2020 line up! Do save the date in your diaries. In the meantime, take a look at our gala website and feel free to contact Janne if you have any questions.


Here are some examples of previous events organised to raise funds for Rafiki – why not do something similar for us? 

Get Your Groove On – May 2019

we danced the night away at Chipping Norton Town Hall and raised an incredible £850. Many thanks to our wonderful supporter Liz who made this happen!

Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 – August 2019

The wonderful Lisa and Hugh rode 100 miles in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 and raised over £700 for us! We are so grateful to them!


Spring Style Soiree, Kingham – April 2019

Ex-Fashion Editor of Hello! magazine and Cotswold stylist Sophie (My Stylish Friend) hosted a charity evening of spring style, fashion and beauty. The evening also featured make-up tips from make-up artist Emily Tarrant, wonderful jewellery from Francesca Rossi Designs and amazing blankets and throws from Tolly McRae.

Inaugural Gala Dinner, Drapers’ Hall, London – November 2018

We had a wonderful evening in a breath-takingly beautiful venue, with live music, a magician and key note speaker – Mark Webber of Formula 1 fame. We  raised over £57,000 – an amazing total which will enable us to transform even more lives in Africa through education. Watch a short film of the evening here.

Children’s activities at Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show, Oxfordshire – June 2018

We ran children’s activities alongside the wonderful Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show in Oxfordshire on 10th June.

Spa @ Kingham – May 2017

We held an exclusive Spa Event at Kingham Lodge.

We are extremely grateful to the owners of Kingham Lodge for giving us exclusive use of their beautiful pool and Turkish steam room, in the beautiful setting of Kingham Lodge – home to Kingham Sculptures.


Skydive World Record Attempt – June 2016

Caroline & DamienA team of 7 brave souls hurled themselves out of a plane at 13,000 feet – all to raise funds for us! We’d like to thank Jon Squires & Ben Newton from Experience Chipping Norton, Mike Lee, Stuart Wilkins and Dan Jeffrey from Nicholsons, and Caroline Vane & Damien Randell from Vodafone for taking the plunge for us – & so far raising over £1,000!


Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show – June 2016 IMG_1046

We were delighted to run the children’s activities at the wonderful Churchill Vintage & Classic Car Show in Oxfordshire on 5th June 2016.

Pre-loved clothes sale & pampering evening in Churchill, Oxfordshire – May 2016

We held our annual clothes sale & pampering evening in Churchill on 21st May 2016. With the same winning combination of fantastic ‘pre-loved’ clothes at bargain prices, some brand new clothes, and relaxing pampering services we were delighted to raise over £650.

Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh, Oxfordshire,  January 2016

We had a fun evening of poetry, piping, eating and dancing at the Great Barn, burns nightAynho. We also held a January Holiday Shop auction.

The evening raised an incredible £10,400  – huge thanks to the Valley Girls for organising it for us.

Pre-December Pamper Afternoon, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire – November 2015pamper afternoon

Rafiki Thabo supporter Liz Doyle hosted a wonderful pamper afternoon for us. The afternoon raised more than £150 which will make such a difference to a life in Africa – thanks Liz!


Kingham 12K run, Oxfordshire – June 2015

Kingham runThe proceeds of the 2015 Kingham Run were split between Kingham Primary School Association (KPSA) and Rafiki Thabo. Over £450 was raised for us.

Summer Concert, Oxfordshire – July 2015

A wonderful summer concert, including a performance of Faure’s Requiem, was held at All Saints Church, Churchill. The concert raised funds for us & All Saints Church.

London Marathon – April 2015 & 2017

Our chair of trustees, Jon, ran the London marathon on 26th April 2015 & has raised over £3,000 for Rafiki Thabo. Why would he do such a thing?! Over to Jon:

‘The massive, monumental efforts some of them have gone to in order to get an education really inspires me.  The training was tricky to fit in, my knee was niggling Jon post marathonbut really, my task pales to insignificance when compared to a childhood of work, struggling to raise money for school; the humiliation of being turned away from the classrooms for not having adequate fees; hopes raised and dashed year after year after year.  Living without hope, without opportunity to change your circumstances… I’d rather do a marathon any day!’

We were also grateful to 2 supporters who ran the marathon for us in 2017.

Clothes swaps and children’s toy sale in Churchill, Oxfordshire – April 2015

Following on from the success of recent sales in Churchill and Stirchley,
Birmingham (see below), we held another clothes swap event in Churchill on 24th April IMG_08482015. We had the same winning combination of fantastic ‘pre-loved’ clothes at bargain prices, relaxing pampering services & local ladies selling their beautiful items. Our pamperers were Kate from Blooming Lush, Tamzin from ZinK Chiropractic Clinic & Liz from Forever Living. Sellers included Lee from Tamelia’s stylish African bags, Neals Yard, beautiful hand-made noticeboards by AJ Pennell, JVS Designs jewellery & Nicholsons plants.

We also held a children’s toy and clothes sale on the same day, in collaboration with Kingfishers Playgroup.

Dreams Rising – an informal evening of harp music performed by Zanna Evans


Our trustee, Zanna, gave a fantastic performance of inspired harp music on 7th March 2015, taking us on a journey from classical harp to contemporary jazz with a latin twist. The concert was held in association with the Chipping Norton Music Festival. Zanna raised over £350 for Rafiki Thabo which is a fantastic achievement – thanks Zanna!

Bucket shaking at the Cotswold Table – December 2014

A team of volunteers braved the cold to collect funds for Rafiki Thabo Foundation at the Cotswold Table farmers’ market in Kingham, Oxfordshire. The Cotswold Table is a fantastic event which has ‘Everything for the perfect table’ from fabulous local producers to quality catering and childrens’ activities. We were delighted to raise over £200 which will go straight from Kingham out to Africa to enable more young people to access an education.

London to Brighton bike ride – September 2014

11 brave cyclists, including Trustees Emma Taylor and Susannah Evans and Director Janet Hayes, tackled the London to Brighton bike ride on 7th September 2014. We started the challenge in South London, travel through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally to Brighton having completed 54 miles!

We are delighted to have raised over £3,600. Huge thanks to all the cyclists involved and to all our generous sponsors – we couldn’t have done it without you!




Clothes swap – June 2014, Birmingham

Former Trustee, Annabel Wrangles, organised a clothes swap and children’s clothes and toys sale in Stirchley, Birmingham. Lots of people kindly donated clothes and toys in advance of the sale and on the night. There was also a raffle with some amazing prizes and drinks, cakes and seasonal strawberries and cream for sale. Trustee Zanna Evans gave a very moving talk about Rafiki Thabo, including quoting a Ugandan student we have been supporting who is about to graduate.

We received lots of positive feedback about the event and also raised over £330 for Rafiki Thabo Foundation.

Here are some photos of the event:





Children’s activities at Churchill Vintage Car Show – June 2014

We had great fun running children’s activities alongside the amazing Vintage and Classic Car Show in Churchill, Oxfordshire to raise funds for Rafiki. We had a bouncy castle, a car shy, a ‘toilet roll toss’, ride-on tractors and a treasure hunt. We’d like to say a big thanks to Cotswold Inflatables for providing the bouncy castle, All Saints Church for letting us use the church grounds, our wonderful helpers and all those who came along to support us.

Here are some photos of the event:




Spring into Style – March 2014

Rafiki Thabo Foundation hosted an exclusive clothes swapping, shopping and pampering evening on Saturday 29th March at 8pm in Churchill Village Hall. Lots of ladies kindly donated clothes in advance of the evening and on the evening itself. We also had some brand new clothes – kindly donated by local designer Maggie White and Asos – on sale at bargain prices.

We also had pampering services on offer, including back and shoulder massage from Andrea of Back Active, hand massages and manicures. Some local business women also sold their products, including OOpsadaisy children’s clothes, Tamelia stylish African bags, Dunning & Jones’ beautiful silhouette children’s portraiture and Amanda Hancock’s wonderful cards.

The evening was a great success, raising over £1,000 for Rafiki. We were also lucky enough to have one of the students Rafiki has supported, Lela, give a talk about the difference our support has made to her life.

Here are some photos of the event: