Challenge and sport fundraising
Whether you have a place in an event or are organising your own challenge, you can run, swim, cycle or hike to raise vital funds to help our medical teams save lives around the world.
It's fundraisers like you that help Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) deliver medical care where it's needed most. To help you on your way we've created a guide and some handy fundraising resources. Good luck!
Current challenge events
View all events you can take part in whilst supporting our life-saving work.
Cheshire Half Marathon
Sunday 11 September 2022
Take on one of the fastest half marathon courses in the North-West of England.
Chase the Sun Olympic Park 10k
Wednesday 14 September 2022
Race around the beautiful and inspiring grounds of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Royal Parks Half Marathon
Sunday 9 October 2022
Run through four of London's Royal Parks and take in some of the city's most famous landmarks.
Thames Bridge Trek
Saturday 10 September 2022
Join 2,000 trekkers and venture 25km across London with views of the skyline from an array of historic bridges.
Chiltern 50 Challenge
Saturday 24 September 2022
Take in the best of the Chilterns countryside with a scenic 50km or 25km route.
Saturday 29 October 2022
Tackle a hair-rising hike around some of London's scariest streets and most historic haunts.
Looking for more events?
There are 5k runs, marathons, obstacle races and more across the country that you can take part in for MSF. We’ll provide you with fundraising support from our dedicated events team and an MSF running vest to wear with pride on the day!
Challenge and sport fundraising: getting started
Step 1: Get in touch!
Whether you’ve secured a place in a race, or you’re thinking of planning your own challenge or sporting event, please get in touch, we can help you make the most of your fundraising. Jump to our contact form.
Step 2: Set up your JustGiving page
This is an easy way to share your story with your friends and family and collect donations online. Visit the MSF JustGiving page to set up your own fundraising page.
Step 3: Tell the world about your campaign!
We've put together a draft email for you to use so that you can tell your family, friends and colleagues why their support is so important. Take a look at the draft email.
Social media is also a great way to spread the word. Get in touch with our team to receive a pack of powerful images of MSF’s work to share on your social networks.
Step 4: Keep your community updated
Regular status updates on social media reminds your friends why you are fundraising. Why not post a photo of your training for the big event?
Step 5: Thank your supporters
It sounds obvious but it's essential. With up to 20 percent of donations being made after an event, it’s really worth doing. Thank your supporters, send them a photo of you at the finish line and remind those who haven’t donated that their support will really make a difference. We've put together another email to do just that.
Need some inspiration?
Find out how students from the Dundee University 'Friends of MSF' group completed the Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours, raising over £4,000 in the process!
"We climbed the three highest mountains in each of the countries of Great Britain in 24 hours. Starting with Ben Nevis in northwest Scotland and finishing at the base of Snowdon in north Wales, just under 24 hours later. The challenge was very demanding, both mentally and physically. But the group of 27 persevered, summiting and descending all three mountains within in the time limit – just!
The best part of the challenge was summiting Ben Nevis. It was amazing to get to the top so fast and the view was incredible; a moment the whole team are unlikely to forget. Another highlight would be descending Snowdon, knowing that we were going to finish in time.
The trip was organised by a university society that supports MSF: Friends of MSF Dundee. The society tries to organise a couple of fundraisers throughout the year as everyone that joins it wants to support MSF in any way possible.
A lot of the work MSF does is far away from the UK and it can be difficult to know how you, as an individual, can contribute to such a large charity dealing with such massive issues. The small events run by Friends of MSF societies allow people to contribute and support MSF in their own way."
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