Heading into its fifth year, the Rhino Peak Challenge will be run on Saturday 12 December.
This unusual conservation fundraiser has brought in more than R1.5 million for its beneficiaries, Wildlife ACT, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, over the years.
Runners pledge to raise additional funds
Event organiser Spurgeon Flemington, of Running Man Adventures, opened the event to 36 members of the public to be a part of the Rhino Peak Challenge. Needing to submit motivations to take part, each runner has committed to raising at least R10,000 as part of their participation.
The event will see them take on iconic Rhino Peak in the Southern Drakensberg.
All participants have been listed on the Rhino Peak Challenge website.
Watch the Rhino Peak Challenge 2020 video here:
“The response this year from people wanting to support and participate has been overwhelming — something that is great to see during what has been a tough year for most,” Flemington said.
“This 21km trail and route is one of the most challenging in South Africa, with a vertical climb of over 1km and summiting over 3,000m above sea level. It attracts some of the most passionate conservation heroes and I look forward to hosting them all in December.”
Challenge coincides with Wildlife ACT anniversary
The 2020 challenge coincides with the 12th anniversary of Wildlife ACT, giving the organisation an opportunity to reflect and celebrate its conservation impact in South Africa.
In this spirit, the NGO’s entire leadership team and founders will take on the Rhino Peak climb to raise awareness and funds in what has been a tough year for many.
“It is not often that we get to show our appreciation for and highlight the dedication of the incredible conservationists that work with us at Wildlife ACT,” Wildlife ACT co-founder Dr Simon Morgan said.
“We as the leadership team are dedicating this challenge to our teams who go above and beyond for the species that they work to save. We call on everyone out there to show their support for these passionate conservationists by making a pledge and backing us as we toil up Rhino Peak.”
Milestones achieved by Wildlife ACT over the past 12 years include:
- 209,508 monitoring and field hours in vehicles, in the air and on foot;
- Nine different species monitored;
- More than 3,500 volunteers;
- 815 tracking devices fitted;
- More than 800 animals relocated; and
- Rescuing and treating more than145 snared or wounded animals.
Wildlife ACT’s educational Kids Conservation Camps, in-school conservation lessons, conservation ambassador club programme and community game drives have also reached more than 82,000 local children and adults, inspiring a new generation of conservationists.
Support Wildlife ACT in its Rhino Peak effort
Pledge your support for the Wildlife ACT Leadership Team, and the brave and passionate ambassadors who will take on the 21km climb, here.
As an incentive, Wildlife ACT is offering anyone donating more than $250 (or R3,750) a free sign-up to one of their its conservation courses.
In addition, there will be lucky-draw prizes for all Wildlife ACT donations, which include:
- A three-night stay for four people on a Wildlife ACT endangered species monitoring project;
- Two nights for two at Camissa House in Cape Town before the end of March 2021;
- A weekend away for two in a cabin at Mtentu Lodge in the Transkei; and
- Four free online Wildlife ACT Conservation courses.
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