Protecting the 'Birthplace of Rhino'
The 8 Mile Club, which has become an integral part of the annual aQuellé Midmar Mile, is a group of swimmers who will attempt to swim all eight events over the race weekend, for charity. Once again, I will be raising funds for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and more specifically the ‘Save the Rhino Foundation’.
Save the Rhino Foundation’s mission statement is simple; undertaking vital work to protect all five rhino species in Africa and Asia. Through grants and donations, the foundation funds a range of conservation activities and ongoing field programs. These programs include training, equipping and effectively deploying field rangers and anti-poaching teams who go out on a daily basis with the aim of protecting our rhinos , while, at times, coming face-to-face with varying unpredictable and treacherous situations.
Protecting and managing a rhino population is a challenge that costs energy and money, and for that reason, the Save the Rhino Foundation needs our financial support. Through managed breeding, coupled with a re-introduction programme, if it weren’t for the work of a few determined people who brought together the 200-odd surviving white rhinos, the Southern White Rhino would not exist today.
With further contributions, the Save the Rhino Foundation can continue to fund similar projects with the aim of not only saving rhino populations from extinction, but increasing their numbers too.
I humbly request that you consider partnering with me, by sponsoring an amount of money toward my Midmar 8 Mile charity swim. I have committed to raising a minimum of R12,000 however I am convinced that, with your assistance, we can raise at least R90,000 for the Save The Rhino Foundation.
R J Tout