In our short history we have supported a range of causes and made a difference both in the UK and overseas. The timeline highlights just some of the impact we have made.

Siyabonga Zikalala doesn’t use his circumstances to define him.

August 2022

Siyabonga Zikalala doesn’t use his circumstances to define him.

Meet Siyabonga Zikalala A15-year-old boy who lives in Masiphumelele. He is a quiet boy with big dreams and lives by his motto,” YOU MAY SEE ME STRUGGLE BUT YOU WILL NEVER SEE ME QUIt”. This is so powerful for a young 15 year old boy who already has the will to give 100% and doesn’t use his circumstances to define him but rather to come out stronger. He often helps his dad fix cars in his free time and has joined in to help the mechanic at their academy in servicing their bicycles.  He joined the program at Songezo Cycling Academy that focuses on education, sport and nurturing talent going forward.

Esona

August 2022

Esona

Story about Esona Esona is a 17 year old girl doing Grade 11 at Masiphumelele High School. We caught up with her and this is what she had to say… “I joined Songezo Cycling Academy in 2021. Joining the academy was probably one of the best decisions and life changing opportunities for me. I am super blessed to learn the academy values and live by it. It brings a lot of structure to my life. I am the oldest of four siblings raised by my mother, so I play a role

Development riders makes it to Western Province.

August 2022

Development riders makes it to Western Province.

After a 7 week winter league 3 of the riders at Songezo Cycling Academy made the final selection to represent Western Province. This selection criteria was based on overall performance. To do a Western Province race is a great achievement, but to represent the region competing against other regions is something magical and definitely a platform to dream. We’re very proud of the young development children who competed and secured a second place during the Youth Festival.

James Golding has been forced to abandon the Race Across America.

June 2022

James Golding has been forced to abandon the Race Across America.

On Wednesday 15 June James Golding has been forced to abandon the Race Across America after experiencing ongoing difficulties with his breathing, eating and fluid intake between time stations 5-6 at Congress, Arizona on Race Across America 2022. A decision was made by James crew to immediately take him to a local doctor where he was quickly moved to A&E upon initial assessment. Following, X-rays, blood tests and a covid test James unfortunately tested positive for Covid19 experiencing continued shortness of breath and a fever. After being kept on IV fluids for couple of hours as a precaution, he was released at 7:30pm local and unable to continue RAAM. After years of preparation for this event, with the support of some incredible sponsors, friends and family, James and his team are understandably devastated. With an incredible preparation and training period carried out for RAAM 2022, James demonstrated impressive

Loyd’s Redbrain Challenge

June 2021

Loyd’s Redbrain Challenge

Were super thankful for Loyd a local cyclist in Cape town who donated £1000 to their foundation. Loyd competed in the Redbrain Challenge and fundraised for Brain Tumour Research. The event was hosted by Redbrain from the 31st May- 6th June 2021. Redbrain offered prizes to the top 3 individuals who cycled the most kilometres

Fires hitting close to Songezo Cycling Academy

May 2021

Fires hitting close to Songezo Cycling Academy

It wasn’t a very pleasant Christmas for Sidney Lubabalo a Mechanic and Coach at Songezo Cycling Academy. Whilst out training he received a phone call that his house was on fire during the mass fire in Masiphumelele. He lost everything. The buffalo foundation immediately reached out to support and launched an emergency appeal to make sure he had a roof over his head. Today we can confirm with everyone’s kind contributions Luba is in a brick building and happier than before but thankful too for all the support from everyone. Your donations have allowed us to pay Luba a fair wage increase to ensure he can remain in a brick home which will hopefully empower him to continue to strive in his work and personal life.

A 100% Matric rate for Kwano Cycling Academy

March 2021

A 100% Matric rate for Kwano Cycling Academy

We would like to congratulate the matriculants at Kwano Cycling Academy on passing their Matric exams. After  an unpredictable year with many uncertainties the student managed to succeed  triumphantly. Kwano has confirmed a 100% pass rate and because of this they are now getting a huge amount of learners wanting to join the program. .

Food Distribution

June 2020

Food Distribution

The Buffalo Foundation held numerous fundraisers as a result of the direct impact Covid-19 was having on the families of the academy students. The main emergency appeal was for funds to assist with providing food parcels to every family. This made sure families were able to have a meal every day for 1 month.  Covid-19 has had a massive impact on the nation and still so. This results in many deaths, businesses not operating, and many people unable to work. The global pandemic has seen many people rush to shops to stockpile food and toiletries. Only a few people are able to do this but what about those who can’t stockpile, have any water access, and are unable to social distance? We often find that one

Mechanic Workshop for young students

March 2020

Mechanic Workshop for young students

It was a great week with Greame Freestone King, a professional mechanic from London, who hosted our mechanical course in Masiphumelele for our students to learn new key skills in how to fix and maintain bicycles.

Rollercoaster visits Kwano

October 2018

Participants in the Rainmaker Rollercoaster visited Kwano Cycling Academy on the final stage of the 7-day race, the world’s first gravel cycling race. Rainmaker Solutions staff, as part of the relationship with the Foundation, participated in a training session and ride with members of the Academy.

Supporting Shameeg’s education

September 2018

Supporting Shameeg’s education

The Foundation provided support for Shameeg Salie’s tertiary education in South Africa. A rising star in semi-professional cycling, Shameeg’s ambition to continue his education alongside his passion for cycling is an embodiment of what the Foundation aims to achieve.

Buffalo Club launch dinner

July 2018

The Foundation hosted the launch of the Buffalo Club at 67 Pall Mall, one of our event partners. The evening introduced new donors to Kwano Cycling Academy and encouraged people to register to join the Club. The night raised over £23,000 in support of Kwano.

Registration as a charity

April 2018

The Buffalo Foundation receives official accreditation as a registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 1177994

Day of Giving for KWANO

April 2017

Fundraising Event for Abingdon Gymnastics Club

November 2016

Fundraising for 2 coaches and young gymnasts from Abingdon Gymnastics club to train with the coach of the US 2016 Olympic Team.

Fundraising Event for Songo.info

April 2016

Fundraising event in support of Songo.info who provide sport and education opportunities to children living in the impoverished community of Kayamandi, South Africa.

Fundraising event for Royal Marines Charity

March 2016

Fundraising event in support of a Royal Marines charity that picks up the pieces for the brave servicemen and women and their families when they are injured or killed in the line of duty.

Buffalo Foundation created

March 2013

The Buffalo Foundation is set up to give back to segments of society that need support, in line with what Rainmakers are passionate about.

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