Running The Great Wall of China Marathon in rhino suites
On Saturday 21 May 2016, four crazy South Africans will be taking the plight of our rhinos to the heart of China. This is being undertaken in an attempt to spread awareness, stimulate education and raise funds for this amazing species.
Brad Schroder, Greg Canning, Panayota Galanakis and Wilna-Marie van Staden who currently all hail from the Vaalwater area of Limpopo Province will be running the Great Wall of China Marathon (42km). Even though the Great Wall marathon is deemed by runners to be one of the most difficult races in the world, Brad and Greg will be taking it a step further and running in rhino suites… In the event that these crazy South Africans have not had enough punishment, two days after the marathon, they fly back to South Africa, to tackle the second part of their challenge on 29 May 2016, in which Brad and Greg will be running the Comrades marathon (89km) and sharing a rhino suite over the full length of the marathon.
Brad and Greg are both passionate conservationists and have made their careers in this field. Combined they have both actively been involved in rhino conservation for the past four decades. The rhino keepers and fellow runners Panayota and Wilna-Marie, are both passionate about rhinos and see this cause close to their hearts.
“We are looking for One Million AMAZING people to donate only R1.00” says Schroder and continue: “These small amounts add up quickly and will allow us to achieve our goal of raising R1 Million… Be One in a Million and make your small contribution to this amazing cause. Please ask family, friends, colleagues, clients, school friends any anyone else you can think to donate this R1.00 – YOU can make a difference!”
Braam Malherbe, well known conservationist, extreme adventurer and motivational speaker, is endorsing this initiative. Having achieved a world-first with David Grier by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China (a distance of over 4, 200kms) at the pace of a full marathon a day for 98 days, as well as being the initiator of the MyPlanet Rhino Fund (which raises approximately R250, 000pm for rhino conservation) and the founder of The DOT Foundation.
Malherbe says; “It is really an honour to have been approached by Brad and his team to endorse this fantastic initiative, which I do whole-heartedly. Any initiative to save this iconic and keystone species from extinction should be supported. What stands out for me here is that the team are putting their bodies on the line and are simply asking the public to DOT (Do One Thing) for very little. Everyone can afford R1.” says Malherbe. “Every South African is a custodian of the rhino and it is, in my view, our moral collective responsibility to be part of the solution. It is a genuine war out there and one does not win a war without resources, and resources cost money. This is a simple, easy and effective way for each one of us to DOT for the rhino.
All funds raised will go directly to rhino conservation through Save the Rhino International (www.savetherhino.org). 50% of the funds raised through Save the Rhino will go towards rhino related conservation projects including protection, security and education initiatives in the Waterberg Area of the Limpopo Province, this will be managed by Save the Rhino International and Welgevonden Game Reserve NPC (www.welgevonden.org “the official website”).
Money donated to this cause is collected via JustGiving. This guarantees all donations go directly to the cause and to ensure complete transparency www.justgiving.com/Running-Rhino-s/
Malherbe concludes by saying, “In the natural system you are either an asset or a liability. We, as a human species, are not exempt from this simple principal. Here is a fantastic way to show you are an asset. Please support this noble cause”.
RUNNING RHINOS – 4 Runners, 3 Causes, 2 Rhinos and 1 Wall……… https://www.facebook.com/groups/runningrhinos/