Rainbow’s Rickshaw Relay Challenge

Rainbow Mbuangi wearing yellow Children in Need Pudsey ears.

(Photo credit: BBC Children in Need)

BBC presenter Matt Baker and a team of incredibly inspiring young people will take on a relay-style ride as part of The Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge 2021! Each rider will complete a section of the journey through their hometown, visiting places that have special meaning for them before passing the 'rickshaw baton' on to another team member.

Rainbow Mbuangi, a member of our youth panel and a young ambassador for British Blind Sport (BBS), has been chosen to take part in the challenge. Rainbow, 18, has glaucoma and aniridia nystagmus, a condition that has caused his vision to gradually deteriorate. By the age of 9, he had lost his sight in both eyes. Rainbow has refused to let his circumstances hold him back and is described by many, including BBS, as a great force of positivity. Rainbow represents his country on the England blind football team and is a passionate advocate for visually impaired young people, actively engaged in making sure their voices are heard.

Rainbow says, "I am so honoured to be doing the Rickshaw Challenge for Children In Need for 2021. I honestly could not be prouder to be representing the blind community and to show others that blindness does not affect what I do in my life and to share this story to make others aware of this. I want to show that any barriers blind people face can be overcome and with that strong mind-set anything you put your mind to is possible."

Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive of British Blind Sport says, "Rainbow is a valued member of the BBS Youth Advisory Panel, which consists of 12 young people who are passionate about raising the profile of blind and partially sighted sport and hope to inspire other young people to become more active. We are delighted that Rainbow has been chosen to take part in this fantastic challenge and we will be cheering him on every step of the way! The grant we receive from Children In Need, made possible by the money raised each year, enables BBS's First Steps programme to support blind and partially sighted children to develop physical skills and become more active. We have registered over 300 children since the launch of the project and will support up to 450 children and their families, living in the UK until March 2023."

The five-chapter relay challenge will take place between Monday 1st and Friday 5th November. Viewers will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news around the challenge by tuning into Morning Live on BBC One. There will also be a special one-hour documentary, which will highlight the team’s remarkable stories and celebrate the history of this much-loved BBC Children in Need staple.

To find out more about the challenge, visit: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/shows/the-rickshaw-challenge-2019/