Rhino Ark Charitable Trust
Rhino Ark charitable trust was formed in 1988 to respond to the grave crisis facing Kenya’s Black Rhino population in the Aberdare ecosystem. The rhino were under severe threat from rampant poaching for their highly valued horn. Rhino Ark’s aim was to build a fence along sections of the Aberdare National Park on its Eastern Salient where rhino were being mercilessly poached.
The fence has brought harmony around the area and farmers now can enjoy peaceful sleep at night without fear of losing their lives, crops and homes.
Rhino Charge 2012
Dear Stanley and the Syngenta Team,
Once again a HUGE thank you for the support towards our team and the Rhino Charge event this year. Your consistently generous donations over the years are so much appreciated, and go a long way to helping this very worthy cause.
This year the event, which was held at Il Ngwesi Group Ranch, North Laikipia District, raised a record 84.6 million Kshs. An unbelieveable effort especially considering the current global financial crisis.
In undoubtedly the toughest ever event we encountered mechanical problems that lead to our early retirement – this is only the second time we have not completed the course in 16 attempts! Only 15 of the 62 vehicles that started the event completed the course. We will definitely be back next year to challenge once again. Having won the event 6 times over the past 16 years, we are a team that is dedicated and committed and for sure will be seen on the podium again in the future.
The money raised during this event will go towards fencing the Mt Kenya and Mau Eburu Forest Ecosystems. Work on these two projects began in April 2012.
Rhino Ark remains committed to the Aberdares. On May 11, 2012, the Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, launched the Aberdare Trust. The Trust is a public private project that will manage the Rhino Ark Aberdare Fence and play an active role in best practice management of the Aberdare Ecosystem.
We look forward to your continued support and thank you once again for your kind and generous donation this year.
David Francombe – Olerai Ltd.
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