Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care
Room to Read
The 4 Deserts has raised US$160,000 to support Room to Read
, an organization promoting literacy and gender equality in education.
The 4 Deserts raised more than US$45,000 to support victims of the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, in 2008. The earthquake killed more than 68,000 people and occurred just days before the Gobi March 2008.
Free to Run
The 4 Deserts supports Free to Run
, a non-profit organization that uses running, physical fitness and outdoor adventure as a means of empowering and educating females in conflict-affected communities. In 2015, the 4 Deserts fully sponsored two Afghan women to compete as a part of Afghanistan’s first ultramarathon team to participate in the Gobi March (China).
Fundacion Amigos de Jesus
The 4 Deserts donated US$5,000 to Chilean charity Fundacion Amigos de Jesus
to support the care of adults and children with disabilities ranging from Downs Syndrome to severe handicaps. The donation was made in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary Edition Atacama Crossing (Chile) and highlighted in this race feature
and charity news page
CUHK Brain Tumour Centre Combined Neuro-Oncology Clinic
The 4 Deserts donated money to support the Otto Lien Da Wong Visiting Professorship in neuro-oncology at the CUHK Brain Tumour Centre
. Australian Otto Wong was a competitor in the inaugural Gobi March 2003. He passed away suddenly from a brain tumor while at his home in Hong Kong at the young age of 38.
Habitat for Humanity
The 4 Deserts raised more than US$15,000 for Habitat for Humanity
to support victims of the 8.8 massive earthquake in Chile in 2010 which happened just one week before the Atacama Crossing 2010.
Dawul Remote Community School
At the request of the principal of the Dawul Remote Community School
, an aboriginal school in the Kimberley. The 4 Deserts donated running shoes and scarves to the school in 2010 and 2011. The 4 Deserts medical team spent a day at the school teaching the kids about medical career options and dancing.
Bright Start Montessori School
At the request of locals in Namibia, The 4 Deserts donated US$2,000 to fund new computers for the Bright Start Montessori School.
Child Welfare Scheme
The 4 Deserts donated US$5,000 to support disadvantaged children in Nepal through the Child Welfare Scheme
Royal Flying Doctor Service
The 4 Deserts donated US$5,000 in 2010 to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service
, an organization that provides medical support in the Outback of Australia.
Ocean Voyages Institute (Project Kaisei)
Red Cross (Earthquake in Japan)
The 4 Deserts donated money to support earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. The earthquake and resulting tsunami took place during the Atacama Crossing 2011.