4 Deserts Race Series Supports Charities Benefiting Local Populations

Apart from her professional endeavors, which have included roles as a project manager and business analyst for several organizations in South Africa, Angelique Tosetee pursues a number of outdoor hobbies. An avid trail runner and mountain biker, Angelique Tostee competed in the 2011 4 Deserts Atacama Desert Crossing.

Established nearly 15 years ago under its original name, Racing4ThePlanet, the 4 Deserts Race Series hosts annual 7-day races stretching 250 kilometers in desert regions in Chile, China, Namibia, and Antarctica. These races are widely considered among the most grueling endurance challenges in the world.

Apart from testing the stamina of its competitors, 4 Deserts focuses on returning significant funds to charities providing aid to people living in the regions where its multiple races occur. It maintains particularly longstanding partnerships with Operation Smile and the Y.L. Yang Education Foundation.

Since 2003, Operation Smile, which performs reconstructive surgery on children born with such conditions as cleft lip and palate, has accepted more than $750,000 from 4 Deserts. Also partnering with the Y.L. Yang Education Foundation since 2005, 4 Deserts deepened its relationship with the organization in 2012 through the forming of a joint scholarship program to provide support for the education efforts of young Gobi Desert women. Other charities that have benefited from the fund-raising of 4 Deserts includes Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity, Room to Read, and many others.