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Help send a girl to school - Join our 10k team on Sunday 15th August 2021

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Pledge to raise £50 for the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF).
  • Email CGEF Trustee and 10k Coordinator Jagravi Upadhyay, at with a short message saying “I would like to join the 10k team”.
  • You will receive a follow up email and we will then post a CGEF t-shirt for you to wear on your 10k.
  • Head out for a 10k walk, jog or run in your local area on Sunday 15th August.
  • Take lots of photos, tag us on social media, or just send them in…we’d love to see them!

It’s really that simple - only £50 and 13,000 steps could help us make an invaluable difference to the lives of bright but disadvantaged girls across the Commonwealth.

So let’s get moving. Email for more information.

CGEF 10K Run 2021

Copy of Copy of Twitter Girls Stories 1The Board of Trustees and the Executive Committe of the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) presented CGEF Trustees with a generous donation of £20K in lieu of funds which would have been raised at the Annual Commonwealth Fair. The fair is organised by the CCL and typically held in the month of November at the Kensington Town Hall in London, UK.

Chairwoman Cecilia Muchemi presented the cheque to the CGEF  Trustees during March - recognised internationally as the women's month - and in celebration of the International Women's Day and Commonwealth Day, which were both held on the same day this year. 

Chair of the Trustees Sir Peter Heap represented the CCL Board of Trustees and said that they are still committed to supporting the CGEF cause in line with their values and mission.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021 #SheLeadsTheWay

At CGEF we sponsor the secondary education of hundreds of able but financial deprived girls who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to receive an education.

Despite the challenge of a global pandemic, many of the girls we support have successfully passed their National exams and are now aspiring to higher education. 🏫

🙌 We are proud of their resilience and ⭐ celebrate all our girls, and the many women who support us around the Commonwealth 🌎


International Women's Day, Commonwealth Day - 8 March 2021



11th October marks the International Day of the Girl Child. Watch the video below to hear why we at the CGEF believe education is important to us,




Join our Commonwealth Cook Off campaign from 1st - 31st August 2020 and have the opportunity to feature your recipe(s) in our Cookbook and social media.

Whether passed down through the family or a favourite amongst friends, we would love you to share the dishes that mean the most by creating a starter, main or dessert inspired by one of the 54 Commonwealth countries.  You don't need to be from a Commonwealth country to participate and we will be posting recipe suggestions that you can try at home, if you need a little inspiration!


  • Register here on our campaign Just Giving page
  • Donate £5 (or more) per dish entered
  • You will receive a registration email within 1-2 days explaining what you will need to do next (look out for an email from
  • Submit your recipe and picture/video of your homemade Commonwealth dish to be part of our Cook Off campaign on social media

Selected entries will be featured in our Cookbook, available to purchase later on this year. Entries will be shortlisted and the final decision made by a select panel of judges. Recipes submitted without a donation will not be considered for the Cookbook.

Keep in touch with us during the campaign by following us on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you do not use social media and would like to keep informed about the campaign, join the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund Mailing List our Commonwealth Cook Off Mailing list for weekly updates, highlights from what participants are sharing on social media, as well as news of special guest Chefs who will be participating in the event.


The Commonwealth Girls Education Fund is a UK based charity that sponsors bright but financially challenged young women in their home country, enabling them to finish their secondary school education.

For the past 53 years we have seen the true impact of investing in their future, with some of our alumnae becoming engineers, doctors, teachers, paediatricians, vets, as well as role models in their communities. However, at times of environmental and economic crisis so many more girls face the possibility of being uneducated, in turn putting them at increased risk of early child marriage, pregnancy and domestic abuse.

During this challenging time in the world, we want to do what we can to continue our mission and engage all of you to inspire and be inspired by cultures from around the world.


Funds raised through donations, book proceeds or income from social media partnerships will go to the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund, Registered Charity No 1048908.

Participants consent to sharing their recipes, images and videos with the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund for the purpose of promoting and marketing the Cook Off campaign and subsequent publishing of the Cook Off Cookbook.

Selected participants consent to their recipes and images being featured in our published Cookbook and acknowledge that they will not receive any financial remuneration from the sale of the Cookbook, income from social media partnerships or donations.

All hashtags, logos and wording relating to the Cook Off belong to the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund and should be used by members of the public exclusively to share and promote the campaign.

Images and videos must be sent in the highest quality setting available on your device. Please ensure you check the quality of your entry before submission as low quality images will not be considered and new entries will incur a new donation charge.

Personal data supplied during the course of the Cook Off campaign and the subsequent publishing of the Cook Off Cookbook will only be processed as set out in the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund’s privacy policy:

Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

All rights reserved by the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund.

Celebrating our Girls throughout our Commonwealth Family.

 Please continue to support our work as we sponsor girls through their secondary education. We are also signing up runners for the Virgin Sport ASICS 10K Run in July. Click here for details on how you can participate.


Commonwealth Day