In August 2012, Ben, Joshua and Stephen Freeth (Mike Campbell's son-in-law and grandsons) aim to be the first people to sail across the Makgadikgadi salt pans in north-eastern Botswana – one of the largest salt pans in the world – in a craft, powered by a kite!

They hope to raise £10,000 to aid the work of the Foundation, which is lobbying to re-instate the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Tribunal which was dissolved illegally in May 2011. This Tribunal was the only regional court where victims of human rights abuse could go when justice systems failed in their own countries. The work of the recently launched Foundation includes providing assistance to those who have lost everything through political violence and are forced to live in extreme poverty. It currently provides training and survival skills, medical assistance and educational support to a number of destitute Zimbabwean farm worker families and is endeavouring to extend this support.


The Craft:

The wooden craft – known as the ‘Mike Campbell Dune Dancer’ was designed and built by Mike’s grandchildren as a go-kart, originally with an Optimist dinghy sail. It can also float on water. The body of the craft is lightweight, with wheels large and wide enough to go over the pan’s thin crust as well as clearance to allow it to run over tussocks and rocky areas. For the Expedition it will be propelled by a 5-metre kite.


The Location:

The craft will sail approximately 100 miles across the Makgadikgadi Pans, located on the fringes of the Kalahari Desert – close to the Zimbabwe border in north-eastern Botswana, covering a vast area of over 6,000 square miles. They are home to the second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest in the world with up to 75,000 animals crossing them each year.


The expedition, travelling across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, symbolises the Foundation’s vision for Zimbabwe: To rebuild a nation decimated by the destruction of human rights and the collapse of the rule of law into a productive land where its people and world-renowned wildlife can once again thrive.


Raising money for

Mike Campbell Foundation

Mike Campbell Foundation

Charity Registration No. 1144943

The Mike Campbell Foundation is a charity working towards the restoration of the Rule of Law in Zimbabwe. It is committed to seeking redress for the gross human rights violations committed against some of the now poorest and most vulnerable people in the southern African region.

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This is true faith in action. Our prayers are with you and all the good that you do.

Donation by Tracy Craighead on 01/12/12


I went to school with Laura. Braver, stronger people than I could ever be. Thank you for the work you do!

Donation by Tracey Moore on 27/11/12


a genuine source of courage and inspiration to others - may you meet with success in this exciting adventure

Donation by Peter Knight on 21/11/12

You are an inspiration to humanity. What a privilege to have you in my life.

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Donation by Thomas Mapham on 13/11/12


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Praying and supporting you as much as possible!

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Donation by Marion Hanks on 20/09/12


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The Campbell and Freeth families are impeccable examples of commitment to meaningful principles and selfless devotion to others.

Donation by Alana Baranov (nee Pugh-Jones) on 20/09/12


Donation by Jane Bruges on 19/09/12


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Amazing story. Extremely worthwhile cause.

Donation by Sarah on 18/09/12


Following your story is always an inspiration. It's a privilege to support your efforts. Thank you!

Donation by Lisa Dodman on 16/09/12


Donation by Robert Douthwaite on 10/09/12


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Well done! What an amazing adventure! It made exciting reading.

Donation by Chris Brockwell on 10/09/12


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Donation by Mary Ann`` Wilkins on 06/09/12


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You are an inspiration. God bless you and your special family on your journey for justice for so many in our beloved Zimbabwe. Marge Fraser. 4/9/12

Donation by Margaret Fraser on 04/09/12

Hi Ben, dad just sent me through the email on your trip. What an amazing adventure and worthy cause. All the best from Sydney town!

Donation by Julian Train on 04/09/12


Ben - Good Luck to you and your boys, your commitment is incredible and you and your family are an inspiration to us all! Stay safe and have fun!

Donation by Jo Burke on 31/08/12


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May the Lord bless this trip for you all

Donation by Katherine Varden on 27/08/12


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I'm praying for you all. Hope it goes well.

Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/12


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Good Luck and stay safe...and enjoy!

Donation by Ali on 27/08/12


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,155.58
  • Offline donations£3,714.82
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,870.40
  • Gift Aid£589.75

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