Greensteds Debut Mau Run a Success

On 26 February 2011, 63 pupils and staff from Greensteds International School showed exceptional teamwork and courage to take on 110kms of hilly and mostly rough and dusty roads to raise funds for charity. The inaugural “Run-a-Ton” relay event required participants to run in teams from Narok, through the Mau Forest and on to Nakuru in a single day. It raised Kshs. 153,000.

3 abreast

Each participant was required to seek sponsorship at the rate of one shilling for every metre run. Top fund raisers included Henry de Thierry (16yrs) who raised Ksh.57,500 and Faith Wambui (13yrs) who raised Ksh.6,300.

batons change run fun

All pupils covered at least one leg, and many ran much more to help out their team mates. Greensteds teacher and Run organizer Nick Martyn commended the exceptional teamwork shown by the pupils.

The funds raised will be used primarily for Greensteds’ sponsorship of a Control in the 2011 Rhino Charge event

In an epic demonstration of stamina and commitment, pupils Eddie Cunningham (16yrs) and brothers Kunal (15yrs) and Kush Patel (14yrs) cycled the entire distance in exactly 10 hours. This feat is the stuff of legend and sets the bar high for participants of future events.

raring to go

2011 Hog Charge Raises Kshs. 3.5M

Kshs 3.5 Million was raised at the 13th Annual Hog Charge event for Rhino Ark’s new projects –fencing Mt Kenya and Mau Mt Eburu and continuing maintenance of the Aberdare Fence.  Funds go to organizers of Rhino Charge Car 35, Mark Tilbury and his Hog Charge team.

    

Kahawa Sukari Ranch, Ruiru, was the battleground for this year’s event which saw 125 teams from 20 schools participated in the exciting, fun-filled experience.  Five teams entered from local schools in Ruiru with 20 bicycles provided by World Bicycle Relief.

Amidst encouraging cheers from parents and friends, the children charged bicycles around various route points, rivaling sun, mud and tyre, to clinch a variety of trophies.  The event, sponsored by Brookside and Peponi School, registered a record 17 more teams and 5 more schools than was the case last year.

    

Peponi School’s Team 87, The Mad Hogs, was this year’s highest cash sponsor.  The team raised a notable Kshs 188,100.  In second place was Team 88, Strong Hogs, from Kenton College, who raised Kshs 81,500.  Team 98, GP Karting Maniacs, also from Kenton College emerged a close third position, raising Kshs, 75,000.

In the Top School Sponsorship category, The Banda School came first with a total of 22 participating teams contributing a remarkable Kshs 722,350.  Following closely was Peponi School, which had 16 teams participate and raise Kshs 627,460.  Kenton College was third, with its 12 teams raising Kshs 442,862.

Pembroke House was the event’s Best Checkpoint Sponsor.

Since its first event in 1988 to date, the Hog Charge has raised 24.5 million for Rhino Ark.

Rhino Ark announces new ‘water tower’ conservation projects: To fence Mt Kenya and Mau Mt Eburru

Colin Church, Chairman of the Rhino Ark Management Committee announced at a press conference at The Stanley Hotel, Nairobi, on December 8th, 2010 that  in addition to its ongoing conservation commitments to the Aberdare Mountains, the conservation charity is to start new fence projects in Mt Kenya and Mau Mt Eburru in 2011.

The Mt Kenya fence will encircle over 2000 km2 and will be at least 400 kms long– equal or possibly longer than the now complete Aberdares fence. It is planned that the work will start on the eastern side of Mt Kenya where communities are keen for Rhino Ark to start fence build. It will require ksh 1 billion to build. The project could be completed within four years subject to a regular fund flow.

 Mau Eburru is about 80 km2 of pristine forest – hugely infiltrated by illegal loggers but whose forest edge communities are already trying to conserve its water catchment and indigenous forest. It will require a fence of about 60 kms in length – a little longer than the now completed Mt Kipiriri extra section Rhino Ark undertook in 2008/09.

 Rhino Ark will continue its close partnership with the Government to roll out these projects – working with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). 

 

 

 

 

SPIRIT OF THE CHARGE’ 2010 FILM LAUNCHED

25th November 2010 marked an important day in the Rhino Charge calendar. Rhino Chargers, sponsors and friends of Rhino Ark convened at the Carnivore, Simba Saloon for the premiere of the ‘Spirit of the Charge 2010’ film. Hundreds turned up for this fun filled event that was characterised by delectable food, competition awards and fine wine.

Car 38 guests at the film premiere

Gavin Bennett, Master of Ceremonies and editor of AUTONEWS introduced the film- a 26min production that is now on sale for Kshs 2,000.

The event’s co-sponsor, the Carnivore provided a grand buffet and barbecue.  Live entertainment was performed by The Itch band. Prize giving for the top five fund-raisers and Rhino Charge website photo competition awards also took place. Fuji Kenya Ltd donated the photo competition prizes while Access Kenya sponsored the top five fund-raisers prizes including t shirts and caps. The top fund-raisers this year were Alan Mckittrick- Car 5, Chris Welles- Car 10, Mark Tilbury- Car 35, Ben Woodhams- Car 39 and Sean Avery- Car 38 who also emerged first overall. Rhino Ark’s Valerie Gunputrav and Kate Mwangi presented the gifts to the Chargers.

 Valerie & Kate present a prize to Sean Avery & Harry Brainch of Car 38

Closing the formal proceedings of the event, Rhino Ark Management Committee Chairman Colin Church reminded the gathering that although fence construction was completed, the much greater long-term challenge of fence maintenance remained.

2010 Photo Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2010 Rhino Charge photo competition were announced at the colourful Spirit of the Charge event held at the Carnivore’s Simba Saloon, on 25th November. Photo entries from Belinda Levitan, Ian Baxter, Lieke Verbrugge and Fredrick Leica emerged top in the Charge Action, People, Landscapes and Wildlife categories respectively.

“prizes donated by Fuji” “prizes donated by Fuji”

The awards featured prizes for the top 3 entries in each category, a total of 12 prizes in all. Superb prizes were provided by Fuji Kenya Ltd/Colorama Processing Lab Ltd, the sole sponsors of the competition. 1st prize winners each received Fuji Finepix JV150 digital cameras featuring a whopping 14 Megapixels, 3x optical zoom and panorama mode. 2nd prize winners received Fuji Finepix AV100 digital cameras (12 megapixels), while 3rd prize winners received a book coffee table book titled “The Journey Within” by Dinesh Patel.

Rhino Ark’s Eric Kihiu presided over the photo awards ceremony. He observed that the competition, launched in 2009, had more entries this year, and that the quality of the entries was much higher. He informed the audience that the competition will be held each year, and looked forward to more entries in 2011. He appreciated the superb contribution to the competition provided by  Fuji Kenya limited through their generous sponsorship (worth Kshs. 250,000/=). Fuji Kenya director, Priten Patel, a Rhino Charger competitor (car #63) attended the event and presented the awards to the winners.

Winners: >From Left – F. Leica, S. Higgins (collecting prize for L. Verbrugge), B. Levitan, I. Baxter  Officals: >From right P. Patel (Fuji), E. Kihiu (Rhino Ark) Winners: >From Left – F. Leica, S. Higgins (collecting prize for L. Verbrugge), B. Levitan, I. Baxter Officals: >From right P. Patel (Fuji), E. Kihiu (Rhino Ark)

Rhino Charge UK raises £9,407.97

The UK Rhino Charge was recently held on 3rd October 2010 at Pippingford Park, Nutley, East Sussex, TN22 3HW. As in previous years the event was organized by John Bowden, Rhino Ark UK Trustee and Rhino Charger.

In previous years competing vehicles have ranged from a 1950 Series One Landy, a 1958 Hotchkiss Jeep and an Auto Union Munga through various Range Rovers, Land Rover Series 2s, 3s and hybrids to a brace of Discovery’s and a new Land Rover 110 Station Wagon.

This year, a total of £9,407.97 was raised.

       Pictures by Hugh Wright

Quattro Charge Bounty of Kshs 1,060,000 For 16 Rhino Chargers

Quattro Charge held on Sunday 29th August 2010 at the Lukenya Hills saw Ian Duncan emerge the winner ahead of 28 entrants of which 16 were Rhino Chargers. Rhino Chargers Mahesh Bhatti and Gurmeet Mehta came in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The total net of cost raised was Kshs 1,060,000. Rob Collinge, former three time winner of Rhino Charge and organizer of Quattro Charge announced that 16 Rhino Charge 2011 entrants competed and the Kshs 1.06million kitty would go towards their respective fund raise pledges for 2011.Winner, Ian Duncan(Car 2) received Kshs 130,000, Mahesh Bhatti (Car 7) and Gurmeet Mehta (Car 3) each received Kshs 80,000 and Kshs 70,000 respectively. The remaining 13 received Kshs 60,000 each.

Attached is the list of Rhino Charge entrants and their donation.

Over 1500 jubilant spectators turned up at the venue to cheer the drivers as they maneuvered through the rough terrain.

Rhino Ark Chairman Colin Church attended and thanked Rob Collinge and his team of volunteers for their “greatly appreciated” support.

The next Quattro Charge will be held on Sunday 27th February 2011.

Rhino Charge Raise Record SHS 72.5 Million

Rhino Charge 2010 held yesterday (Monday 31st May) in the Londuroj Hills, Magadi, Kajiado District, raised a record Kshs72,540,232. This beats 2007 record of Kshs 68 million by over Kshs 4 million and by far the highest for any Rhino Charge event.

The Charge was won by Team Bundu Fundi (Sean Avery) in Car 38, with a distance of 36.32 kms. The straight line distance was 27.8kms.

Second overall was three time Rhino Charge winner and rally ace Ian Duncan (KTM Cruisers) in Car 2 scoring 37.21kms.

Alan McKittrick’s team, Car 5 won the most prestigious Victor Ludorum trophy – shortest distance to the highest money raised. McKittrick with Nick Hutchinson, John Trundell, Guy Jack, Tim Jessop, Tom Porter raised an all time record for one car of Kshs 10,648,142 million.

In third position was previous four time winner Neil McRae/ Will Carr-Hartley and team in Car 42 with a distance of 37.36kms.
Second highest sponsorship came from a new US entry Car 10 (The Wags) who raised Kshs. 4,081,279 million just beating Hog Charge team Car 35 (Mark Tilbury) which raised Kshs 4,066,163

The Coupe Des Dames trophy went to the all ladies ‘Rhino Rouge’ team Car 17 of Tanya and Julie Church, Tanya Markham, Helle Sejer –Hansen, Louise Leakey and Gemma Lawrence finished at 18th position covering a distance of 47.53kms.

Tiger Line 1 and the Gauntlet Award was won by Neil McRae/ Will Carr-Hartley in Car 42 Range Rover Buggy.

Speaking during the function, the guest of honour Mr. Charles Njonjo Rhino Ark Patron praised the Rhino Charge initiative and called on the Government to recognize and assist the work being done for the conservation of the environment. He congratulated the Rhino Charge management committee for a job well done.

The Rhino Charge raffle to assist the fund raise provided 141 prizes. The main prize a Kenya Airways return ticket for two to Madagascar was won by Hybrid Poultry from a ticket sold by Car 5. Second prize, a balloon ride with Balloon Safaris , 2 nights for two at Cottars Camp, Mara and 2 return tickets from Safarilink was won by Yara from a ticket sold by Car 2.

The coveted Michael Werikhe perpetual trophy donated by the East African Wildlife Society and selected by the Rhino Charge Committee was awarded to Karui 91 Self Help group, Ngobit Valley, Aberdares. Amongst many conservation activities, this group has planted over 25,000 indigenous trees inside the Aberdare fence.

The award donated by the family of the late Ken Kuhle, the founder of Rhino Ark, was awarded to Jas Sehmi in recognition for his services in the Aberdares and assistance with Rhino Ark’s operations base, Rhino Retreat.

Money raised during the Rhino Charge goes towards the maintenance of the now completed 400km long fence around the Aberdare Conservation Area including the forest reserve and national park spearheaded by Rhino Ark Charitable Trust in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and the forest edge communities.

Rhino Ark policy for all Charges is that the camping fees paid by all entrants to the venue are donated to the host area communities. This totaled to Kshs 2.8 million for the Shompole and Olkeri group ranches and to be used for community development projects.

Community Wins Michael Werikhe Award

The communities that gave no cost labour time to build sections of the fence near their farms on Mt Kipipiri – Kipkiama Cecaffe and Gita- won the East African Wildlife Society’s Michael Werikhe aware for services for conservation in the Aberdares presented to them by President Kibaki (centre).

The award is in memory of the great conservation pioneer, Michael Werikhe who in the nineteen eighties and nineties walked thousands of miles in Kenya, other African countries and all over the world to raise awareness at the plight of the Black Rhino threatened by the globally organized efforts to poach rhino for its horn. The choice of winner is made by the Rhino Charge Committee.

In the picture back centre is Professor Fred Owino, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on the Mau. Prof Owino is currently chairman of the EAWLS. At back right is the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Dr Noah Wekesa.

The perpetual trophy is created by the Kenyan artist Kioko. Each annual winner receives a replica donated by Rhino Ark.

THE TEAMS- RHINO CHARGE 2010

They cut across all sections of Kenyan society and with a lively following of overseas participants – some as entrants and others filling the runner/navigator ranks for veteran Kenyan teams.

This year’s Charger field sports seven first timers. The remainders have done it often year in year out. Veteran Charger slot is firmly filled by septuagenarian Jas Sehmi of Nyeri with his decorative daughters. Jas has competed in every Rhino Charge in the same car – a 1947 Willis Jeep. This compact second world war off-road offshoot has kept spectators in the Gauntlet spell bound with it and its driver’s wild antics over rocks, ravines and kirongas.

Gender has no boundary in Rhino Charge. Ladies vie to outdo the blokes and often do! The 2010 Charge has six cars listed with lady entrants. Among them the ‘Girls in Pearls’ Sapieha sisters in a S1 Land Rover that denies seeing better days; feisty Caroline Armstrong and her bevy of ‘bush hardened’ town girls always in there for a day of excitement and the Rhino Rouges fitness gang in their headache red short wheel Land Cruiser and with big fund raise reputation. New entrants Petra Somen/Sabine Kontos tired of making sandwiches and coffee for their husbands Team 21, will sparkle up the event in Car 8.

Other greats are back. Car 5 of Alan McKittrick so often in the top three and for nine years Victor Ludorum winner (money raised/highest position) and with ksh 56 million raised for the cause will be there. Ian Duncan’s Orange Box of a Land Cruiser with more dents on its fuselage than a panel beater would want to tidy up and three times winner will be vying again with last year’s winners the young and fearless Mark Glen/Bryn Llewellyn of Car 48; Sean Avery’s Bundufundis and Jonny Havelock’s old blood laced with young blood this year in Car 32.

Peter Kinyua, big time fund raiser of Car 23, the Kanyali caterpillar like Unimog and new entrant Kit Karberry of London Town and victor ludorum winner of the UK Rhino Charge here for the first time are others to watch. Then there are the American Wags (wageni not wives and girlfriends) in Car 10 all the way from Boston, the Chris Welles father and son team who cut their teeth last year fagging for Jonny Havelock’s car 32 and raising a bucket load of cash.