25th Anniversary Bike Ride
12th - 15th May 2022
In 2022, the bike ride will begin from Vijećnica (Sarajevo City Hall) to Hrenovica, through to Bijele Vode before finishing at the Goražde School. The route will take you on a beautiful journey through the mountains, around the Miljacka River, and ending in the eastern city of Goražde. After the bike ride, the rest of the weekend will be spent relaxing and exploring the sights of Sarajevo. Hired bikes will be available in country and will be organised ahead of time (unless you wish to travel with your own).
Who we are
GCF Bosnia: For the children of Gorazde
GCF Bosnia is a UK-based charitable foundation which is committed to helping rejuvenate the previously war-torn town of Gorazde in Bosnia. The charity specifically supports Gorazde Primary School and seeks to provide a brighter future for its students and to date has raised £65,000.
Where it all began.
GCF Bosnia: For the children of Gorazde
GCF Bosnia was founded by Maurice Evlyn-Bufton in 2013, who was previously a captain in The 1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment (1RGBW) in the Bosnian conflict (1992 - 1995) and is currently Managing Director of executive search company Armstrong Wolfe.
The foundation was set up in memory of four of Maurice's comrade's, Privates Ben Hinton, Philip Armstrong, Martin Dowdell, and Chris Turner who were killed on two separate incidents whilst on United Nations' duty on Operation Grapple 1994-1995 in the eastern enclave of Gorazde.
In 2012 Maurice along with sixteen other former comrades of 1RGBW returned to Goražde to replace the memorials stones of their fallen comrades. On the last day of the visit the group were invited to the local primary school where they were greeted by the children singing them a song in Bosnian thanking the British Army for saving their parents and grandparents.
Moved and inspired by this gestured Maurice asked the school headmistress what can be done to help. From this discussion a commitment was born to establish an English language teaching centre and to re-establish a playing field both in memory of their fallen comrades and as an investment that would benefit the future generations of Goražde.
Through his company Armstrong Wolfe, Maurice set a target to raise £25,000 to meet the schools ambitions and set up the Goražde Children’s Foundation to manage these funds. The charity has now gone on the raise £65,000 and is committed to raising a further £20,000 to fund the construction of a much needed fully equipped science laboratory and continue much needed reservations and maintenance around the school.
IN MEMORY OF
FOUR MUCH LOVED SOLDIERS AND FRIENDS
PTE PHILLIP ARMSTRONG
PTE MARTIN DOWDELL
PTE CHRIS TURNER
PTE BEN HINTON
A COMPANY 1ST BATTALION
THE ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE BERKSHIRE AND WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
Gorazde Primary School
In 2012, seventeen former comrades of 1RGBW returned to Goražde to replace the memorials stones to their fallen comrades. On the last day of this visit the group were invited to the local primary school and were surprised by the children singing them a song in Bosnian, thanking the British Army for saving their parents and grandparents.
Moved and inspired by this gesture, Maurice Evlyn-Bufton, one of the group and a Captain in 1RGBW in 1994, asked the school’s headmistress what could be done to help.
From this discussion was born a commitment to establish an English teaching centre and to refurbish their playing field, both in memory of their fallen comrades and as an investment that would benefit the future generations of Goražde, the Bosnian town the soldiers of 1RGBW had defended many years before.
Elms School Pen Pal Scheme2
We are so excited to announce our Pen Pal scheme with the Elms School and the Goražde Primary School in Bosnia.
We believe this to be a fantastic learning opportunity for all involved, helping each individual progress in their English learning as well as developing their English writing skills.
This scheme will help the UK students broaden their horizons and create friendships with Bosnian Pupils.
News and Media
Bosnia is in danger of breaking up, warns top international official
The Guardian, November 2nd 2021
The international community’s chief representative in Bosnia has warned that the country is in imminent danger of breaking apart, and there is a “very real” prospect of a return to conflict.
In a report to the UN seen by the Guardian, Christian Schmidt, the high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that if Serb separatists carry out their threat to recreate their own army, splitting the national armed forces in two, more international peacekeepers would have to be sent back in to stop the slide towards a new war.
Maurice Evlyn-Bufton being interviewed on a Bosnian news channel - October 2021
‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’
Set in Bosnia, July 1995 during the conflict . Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people - rescue or death? Which move should she take?