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Greensteds School Gets Bongo Posters

Greensteds Staff and pupils receive posters from Rhino Ark

Greensteds Staff and pupils receive posters from Rhino Ark

Greensteds International School, based in Nakuru, is the most recent recipient of educational posters and brochures about the Eastern Mountain Bongo antelope. The materials were donated by Rhino Ark in recognition of Greensteds’ interest in supporting the conservation of Eburu Forest. Mt. Eburu is part of the Mau mountain range and, in the words of teacher Nick Martyn, “is in our own backyard”.

Greensteds are supporters of Rhino Ark, and they sponsored a Control in the 2010 Rhino Charge event. On 26th February 2011, students and staff of Greensteds held a successful relay run from Narok to Nakuru via the Mau to raise funds for sponsorship of a Control in the upcoming 2011 Rhino Charge.

The bongo posters and brochures were developed by Rhino Ark as educational tools under the Schools Wildlife Clubs component of the Bongo Surveillance Programme. They will help to educate Greensteds students about the critically endangered mountain bongo. Globally, there are less than 100 bongo believed to exist in the wild, and they are only found in Kenya. A small, highly threatened population of 7-12 animals has recently been observed in Eburu Forest, and this herd is believed to be the only one left there.

The poster and brochure donation marks the start of a more direct engagement in Rhino Ark’s conservation activities by the Greensteds community. The posters were presented by Rhino Ark Resource Development Manager Eric Kihiu, accompanied by Bongo Surveillance Programme Schools Wildlife Clubs coordinator, Peter Munene.

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