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NGO in Guatemala breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education


Here you can see photos and videos and read about the teams who took part in the 2018 Grand(ish) Tour event.


If you are from the media and wish to use any of these stories or photos please feel free to link to this page. For further information please contact boo@eftc.org.uk



It’s a points-based wacky car-driving challenge in which teams battle it out to become the EFTC Grand(ish) Tour Champions 2018, whilst raising money for our School of Hope in Guatemala.


People from around the UK have pimped up their old motors and will be dressing up in crazy outfits to fit their chosen ‘team themes’. They then take part in a 36 hour scavenger hunt between Nottingham, UK and the Abbeville race circuit in Northern France. They will know nothing about the challenges ahead until the day of the event, but last year teams found themselves doing everything from snake-charming to celebrity-hunting. A lot of loo roll was used and a number of baguettes were rendered inedible.




Here are some of the teams from our 2017 event:




  • The Peaky Blunders
  • Pirates of the Car-i-be-in
  • The Muppets
  • The Supermods

More to be announced very soon....


Media  and EFTC supporters please feel free to use these news stories (but do not insert any personal phone numbers please).  

Email Boo@eftc.org.uk for further fabulous photos




Look out France! Birmingham’s Peaky BLUNDERS are en route.


Three ex-Land Rover engineers and a doctor from Birmingham are driving to France next week (27 Sept) dressed as the Shelby brothers from BBC’s Peaky Blinders. Thankfully for international relations they will not be smuggling weapons through the border, but instead will be raising money for impoverished children at The School of Hope in Guatemala. It’s all part of The Grand(ish) Tour, a wacky anglo-french scavenger hunt set up by UK-based charity Education for the Children (EFTC).


The gang of four have named themselves the Peaky ‘Blunders’ as two of them attempted the same French road trip last year and made a number of ‘faux pas’ en route to the Abbeville Racetrack: “Last year we went as the Blues Brothers,” says Richard Singleton of Stratford upon Avon. “We had intended to take our dog, Rover, dressed in a hat and dark sunglasses, but he got a sickness bug and was rubbish at navigating anyway. Also, we got lost, ended up in a ball pool and came last in the race.”



The foursome (pictured here L to R:  Garry Askey, John Somers, Steve Baker and Richard Singleton) will be talking in Brummie accents and generally behaving badly throughout the two day ‘tour’.  They hope to raise at least £1,000 for the EFTC charity.


Both John Somers and Richard Singleton have visited the impoverished region of Jocotenago in Guatemala a number of times and have helped out at the School of Hope and in the local community. “It is always a humbling experience, seeing children living in such extreme poverty,” says Richard. “People in the UK don’t generally realise how deprived Guatemala is.  In many ways it’s as bad as Sub-Saharan Africa.”


You can support the Peaky Blunders via virginmoneygiving.com


Notes to Editors

The Blunders set off for France on Thursday 27 September.

For further information, interviews or photos contact Richard Singleton on 07966 004486 (do not publish this number please).  Or go to the Peaky Blunders’ fundraising page

The car is a 1958 Morris Minor manufactured in Birmingham. Other photos are available.


Education for the Children (Registered Charity 1099280) is based in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Founded in 2003, the charity built and runs The School of Hope in Jocotenango - a terribly deprived area of Guatemala where poverty, ill health, drugs and violence are rife. 679 students aged 6-22 are currently supported by the school.  EFTC’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Jocotenango, Guatemala, through education and empowerment.



By making a contribution, small or large, you can improve a child's life.


Donate your skills and help the Foundation in the UK, USA or at the school in Guatemala.


For a small regular contribution you can reach out to a child in need.

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Whether you'd like to hear about upcoming events, volunteer with us, help raise funds for the children in Guatemala or just talk about EFTC's work- we’d love to hear from you!

Whether you’d like to hear about upcoming challenges, volunteer or visit the school in Guatemala or just have a chat about EFTC’s work- we’d love to hear from you!

Whether you’d like to hear about upcoming events, volunteer with us, help raise funds for the children in Guatemala or just have a chat about EFTC’s work- we’d love to hear from you!

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    Tax ID# 26-0648715

    1630 North Main St. #126
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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