CHOKO is a community based project that has the long term aim of making a sustainable change to the lives of the people in Kodumela, South Africa. St. Mary's Church has been delighted to support both the aims and the people behind this wonderful project. For more information about CHOKO please click here


Over the Easter weekend we will be using the facilities of the Barn Gym in Cholsey to cycle and row the distance from Cholsey to Kodumela travelling by land and sea. This is a HUGE challenge as the total distance we need to cover is in excess of 13,000 kilometres. Our aim is to get sponsorship to complete the challenge and we hope to raise a minimum of £1 per kilometre.

Since 2005 Choko has raised over £130,000 to support World Vision’s Kodumela Area Development Project in South Africa. These funds have built a centre for disabled children, promoted health projects, initiated rainwater harvesting and market gardening efforts and most recently supported a piggery project creating sustainable employment for dozens of people.

As the work of the Kodumela ADP reaches the final stage, our efforts are now on supporting more employment-creation projects like the piggery. This will give dozens of people the chance to support their families -meaning hundreds of people will benefit for years to come. Initial capital helps the workers’ co-operative start or expand – and then the project is self-sustaining.

This event would not be possible without the support and sponsorship of Spencer and the team at the Barn Gym. If you haven’t yet seen what a great facility the gym is for the village come along at Easter and have a look. We would also like to thank Matrix, the company who make gym equipment, who have provided the means of recording the distance covered on the bikes.

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