2018 Events

Enkosi Dinner and Silent Auction

The Wine House, Fairfax, Valogo

Sunday, April 29, 6pm

Help 25:40 celebrate its 15th anniversary! Be an exclusive guest of 25:40 at The Wine House in old town Fairfax. Enjoy a multi-course meal with a wine pairing for each course. Desirable silent auction items available — all proceeds go to 25:40′s programs in rural South Africa that support orphans and at-risk children.

Want to be a corporate sponsor? Partner with 25:40 and increase your company’s visibility in the community. For more information, contact Amy at amyz@2540.org.

Two seats left! Reserve them HERE. 

#FightingChance 8K + 1M Fun Run

Saturday, Oct. 6

Burke Lake Park Shelter A

8am for 8K start

9am for 1-mile Fun Run start

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Make your run count! Join 25:40 in an officially timed 8K among the fall leaves of Burke Lake Park and give a child in rural South Africa a fighting chance to rise above the devastating effects of poverty, disease and violence. Click HERE to register.

We would love to partner with a local business or two to help support this event. If you are interested in corporate sponsorship, contact Amy.

Past Events

AA Nutcracker PicJoin 25:40 and Abiding Presence Lutheran Church for a  Joint Benefit Concert to further the mission of 25:40 in saving AIDS orphans and other at-risk children in South Africa.  Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite will take place on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 6:30pm at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church located at 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, Virginia 22015. 

This concert is presented free of admission charge.

Donations to further the mission of 25:40 will be gratefully accepted.

Jazz Trumpet Artist Craig Fraedrich will lead a 10-piece ensemble featuring some of the finest jazz instrumentalists in the nation’s capital along with vocalist Christal Rheams in a set highlighted by a new rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic jazz version of the “Nutcracker Suite.” Composer and Abiding Presence Minister of Music David Chavez will lead his group of select musicians in a set of holiday favorites and other music of the season.

This event will feature a Silent Auction with all proceeds supporting the mission of 25:40.

For additional information, please visit our Facebook event page.





Please mark your calendars for Friday, May 15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm for a Celebration of Hope at HopePointe Church in The Woodlands.  It promises to be a very fun evening of line dancing, eating good food, perusing interesting silent auction items, and supporting 25:40. During the evening Brenda Seneca will teach us a line dance or two, such as the Harlem Shuffle and/or Electric Slide.

logo-final-croppedYou will also get to hear Buck Gardenier, an Air Force officer and endurance athlete, share his passion for endurance races and supporting  at-risk kids during his 15-month journey called My1.25, in which he is competing in 5 endurance races and has raised more than $5,700 for 25:40′s programs to give at-risk children in rural South Africa a fighting chance to rise above the devastating effects of poverty, disease and violence.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact 25:40 Board Chairman Jack Lewis at jack@2540.org

2015 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

Buck and Rachel Gardenier

Buck and Rachel Gardenier

Saturday, May 16th — Come cheer on Buck Gardenier as he completes his 15-month My1.25 journey, competing in 5 endurance races, covering 407.2 miles, and raising significant money for 25:40. This is a full Ironman, which is a triathlon of marathon distances for swimming (2.4 miles), followed by a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2 mile run.

Buck has trained very hard to be physically ready for his last of five endurance races for 25:40, but he also has been tremendously sharpened spiritually, as God has given Buck wisdom, humility and grace throughout this journey.

The Ironman starts at Lake Woodlands with the swim, winds through The Woodlands and ends with a spectacular finish at Waterway Avenue.

If you cannot attend physically, please commit to pray for Buck and his family during these last few months of training and especially on race day. To learn more or sponsor Buck’s efforts, click here.

25:40′s Annual Walk for the Kids


Charles and Lynne Thompson are faithful 25:40 walkers.


CHANGE OF VENUE – For the first time, 25:40 will hold its annual family event at Burke Lake Park, in Burke, VA. This change of venue will allow us many new opportunities, including a 1-mile kid fun-run and a 8k run/walk for participants.

Of course, families can still walk the path, as well. Save the date — Saturday Sept. 26th at 7 a.m. for the #FightingChance 8k run/walk and 1-mile fun run.  More information coming soon.

40th Marine Corps Marathon

Mark & Paul at finish

Mark Scott & Paul Scott


25:40 is again a charity partner with Marine Corps Marathon for the 40th running   of the People’s Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 25. 25:40 has 50 bibs this year  and is building a fun, strong and dynamic team. To secure your slot on Team 25:40,  click here.

TCS New York City Marathon

Photo Courtesy of NYRR

Photo Courtesy of NYRR


25:40 is very excited to be a first-time charity partner with the New York City Marathon to be held Sunday, Nov. 1.

If you’ve always dreamed of participating in this iconic race, which takes you through all five boroughs of the city that never sleeps, join Team 25:40. For more information and to receive an invitation, click here.

TEAM 25:40
Help become part of the solution by running for 25:40. Whether you are a novice or an elite athlete, story you can elevate your experience above just a race -- you can race to give an at-risk child in rural South Africa a #FightingChance to rise above poverty, disease and violence.
The Sub-Saharan AIDS epidemic has a devastating effect on millions of families. Consider that 5.5 million adults and children live with HIV/AIDS in South Africa alone. Discover the hard facts about poverty, there disease and violence, and help become a part of the solution.
25:40’s current focus is on children living in rural areas of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. We have selected this area as our place of initial focus due to its extreme poverty, patient lack of resources and lack of attention from the outside world.