February 4 - International development charity Transaid is launching two brand new Transaid Africa Challenges for 2010 and 2011.

Following the success of Cycle Zambia 2009, which raised over GBP100,000 (USD160,240), Transaid is hoping its two new events - Cycle Tanzania (6 - 14th November 2010) and Trek Ethiopia (4 - 12th February 2011) will prove even bigger and better!

The funds raised from these two new challenges will support Transaid's vital work to help people in Africa gain better access to healthcare, education and the opportunity to earn a living, through safer, cheaper and more efficient transport. It represents a fantastic opportunity for those working in the road transport and logistics sector to enjoy a life-changing African experience whilst raising money for the industry's recognised charity. 

Cycle Tanzania 2010 will comprise a nine day challenge (five days cycling) across 420km, starting in Dar es Salaam and ending in Morogoro. It will see cyclists pass along the beautiful coastline of the Indian Ocean, with Zanzibar just offshore, as well as through nature reserves, national parks and close to mountains and waterfalls along the way. 

For those more comfortable on two feet, rather than two wheels, Trek Ethiopia 2011 provides an opportunity to explore the unknown, trailing over 60km through the spectacular scenery of Ethiopia. Beginning in Addis Ababa, the group will hike though dramatic landscapes close to the spectacular Simien Mountains, and observe some of Africa's most famous animals and birds, before finishing in the historical town of Gonder.

Participants for the challenges are asked to pay a registration fee of GBP299 (USD479) and make a commitment to raising a minimum sponsorship of GBP3,000 (USD4,807). This covers the air and most ground costs, plus will help fund future Transaid projects in Africa and across the developing world. Challengers will also need to train in the UK to establish a good level of fitness. 

Chris Saunders, chief executive of Transaid, says: "Our Transaid Africa Challenges really do support our work to reduce the 1.2 million people killed around the world each year in road crashes - a massive proportion of which occur in developing countries. They also provide an unforgettable experience which helps to promote personal development." 

To do something different in 2010 / 2011, you can register now for Transaid Cycle Tanzania 2010 or Trek Ethiopia 2011 at www.transaid.org. Alternatively you can request an information pack by calling 020 7387 8136 or emailingapril@transaid.org. Places are limited.