Atlas's Big Adventure

In October Jason Leonard and Simon Shaw will embark on a mad cap adventure to deliver a bus converted to a mobile classroom and clubhouse for the kids in the Kibera Slum in Kenya.

In the dark ages, a larger than average child was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Aged 10 he left Africa and went on to become one of the legends of international rugby, playing for England and the British and Irish Lions. This man, Simon Shaw, returned to Kenya for the first time in January 2019 as an Atlas Rugby Champion.

There he met the kids we support from the Kibera Slum in Nairobi. 

"It just came to me. I said Atlas could get a London bus and fit it out to be a mobile classroom, and drive it to Nairobi for the kids to use." 

The Dates 

5 days, 4 nights: Sat 10th October to Weds 14th October 2020.



Well... who knew that getting a bus kitted out as a classroom and all the way to Kenya would not be easy??? The project team swing between joy and despair in about equal measure. It has been HARD HARD HARD thus far, but in January we had a breakthrough...
We have bought a bus! 

Now it's with the fitting engineers to transform it into a classroom.

See our bus development deck and Kenya TV coverage below

Support our Team 

Jason Leonard

Jason has already raised over £10k for his trek sponsorship this year through a charity Christmas Lunch and private donations.

Simon "Shawsey" Shaw

Raising Money from sponsorship, events and sales of signed rugby balls

Shawsey's page

Mark Willing

Raising Money from sponsorship and events

Mark's Page

Neil Blewitt and Neil Baker

From London Stock Exchange Group. Cycling and golf events


Chewie's Page

Baker’s Page

Jim Hendley

Raising money through sponsorship

Jim's Page

John Clougherty, Sophie Metcalfe and Sally Gillanders

From Fidelity - Cycling events and raising sponsorship

Clocks, Sally & Sophie's page

Nick Stonley

Raised over £30,000 already. What a Champion 🏆

Chris "Northy" North

Our Front Row Club maestro

Northy's page

Peter (Norm) Nesbit

Running the Stones

Norm's page

Matthew Tawse

Matthew's Page

Robert Nearn

Rob's Page

Charlie Line

Working with Sonny Bill Williams to spread acts of kindness around the world

Charlie and Sonny Bill's Fund

Laurence Geller CBE

Atlas US Chairman 

Atlas USA

... and others

Support the Team

Hemingways Foundation

The Hemingways team are much more than our travel partners. The Atlas Foundation works alongside the Hemingways Foundation to fund rugby and education programmes in Kenya. The hotel group was founded and is still run by the Evans family who have deep roots in rugby, as players, owners, and supporters from grassroots to the professional game.

We are proud to be returning to Hemingways, our friends and natural home in Kenya. For more information on the Hemingways Collection please see the brochure below