Teachers and supported pupils at the Thuto Lesedi Secondary SchoolWaltham Forest Thuso in South Africa is a charity founded in 2006 by members of the North East London branch of ACTSA (successor to Anti-Apartheid). We share Nelson Mandela’s vision that the children of South Africa are the country’s greatest asset.

Thuso means ‘helping hand’ in Sesotho and our aim is to support children still living in poverty in South Africa, many of whom have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDs. We assist students at Thuto Lesedi High School near Johannesburg with school fees, food and books; as well as children at the rural Lobethal primary school in Limpopo. (Registered charity number 1115066)


Another successful cycle ride for solar lights


Walthamstow Mayor Cllr Saima Mahmud launches the bike ride

Thirteen cyclists completed a 40 mile fundraising bike ride for Waltham Forest Thuso in South Africa last Sunday, 20 September. The cyclists were waved off by the Mayor of Walthamstow, Cllr Saima Mahmud, and trustees of the charity. The group – which included eight adults and five under-18s – cycled from Walthamstow to North Weald in Essex, via High Beech.

The cyclists, led by Alick Bridger, were blessed with sunshine, which kept their spirits up during some challenging climbs. All were delighted to complete the route to raise funds to send solar lights to families in rural South Africa, on the charity’s second annual bike ride.


The cyclists take a well earned break on Toothill Common

After last year’s successful bike ride, 50 solar lanterns were sent to children attending Lobethal primary school in Limpopo province. The lights allow children to study after dark and help their families to limit the use of dangerous kerosene lamps when the village’s electricity supply fails.

Anyone inspired by the efforts of our cyclists, especially the younger members of the team, can still make a donation to the appeal: £7.50 will pay for a study light, £15 for a family lantern and £35 for a solar lantern and mobile charger.

You can download a sponsorship form here or make a payment via Paypal by clicking on the donate button.

Wheels in motion for Thuso’s second charity bike ride

Thuso Mandela Cycle Ride 2014

Thuso’s 2015 sponsored bike ride will take place on Sunday 20 September. This year we are celebrating 21 years of Freedom in South Africa, with South Africa’s first free and fair elections taking place in 1994, after decades of anti-apartheid campaigning.

Leaving from Walthamstow at 10am it will include 20 and 40 mile options. The departure will be from outside 37 Grosvenor Park Road, London E17 9PD — many of you know this as the venue for the annual Thuso Garden Party.

The cyclists will then set off towards Chingford, High Beach and North Weald, on forest tracks, and minor roads into Essex, before returning to Walthamstow. It promises to be a most pleasant ride, and cyclists can still join in. The sponsorship form and flyer are available below.

The cycle ride will be supporting the charity’s appeal to provide solar lamps to children and families we support at Lobethal primary school in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa — because children without light can’t study!

The 2014 sponsored bike ride paid for the first batch of 50 solar lanterns. By sponsoring, making a donation or joining the bike ride you can play your part: £7.50 pays for a study light, £15 for a family lantern and £35 for a solar lantern and mobile charger.

To take part in the cycle ride contact Gerard on gerardomastamilsom@yahoo.co.uk or 07931 337202. To sponsor cyclists donate via the website, or use this sponsorship form.

If you would like to print out a flyer, you can download it here.

Garden Party – Sunday 12th July 2015

dsc_0127.jpgThis year’s fundraising garden party will be on Sunday, 12th July 2015, from 1 to 5pm at 37 Grosvenor Park Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9PD

(between Hoe Street and Pembroke Road – see map below)

Live entertainment

Great raffle prizes

Progress report

Parking in the area is free on Sundays.

thuso eating lunch

The fundraising garden party is to support young people, many of them AIDS orphans, at Thuto Lesedi Secondary School in Gauteng and Lobethal primary school in Limpopo, both in South Africa, with a much needed feeding programme, as well as helping families affected by HIV/AIDS supported by Kopano Ke Maatla women’s project in Pretoria.



a wide selection of delicious home-cooked dishes including vegetarian, cakes and fruit


Adults: £10 includes lunch and 1 free glass of wine/beer/fruit juice
Children: £3
Under 5’s: Free


plants, jams, cards and South African jewellery


Parking: free in the area on Sundays

Trains: to Walthamstow Central Station

Buses:48, 20, 97, 69, 257, W15, W12, W19

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Link to printable copy of Garden Party flyer (PDF): Garden Party 2015

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