Challenge4aCause was started by Rhino Africa in 2009 as a means for the team at Rhino Africa to give back to the continent from which we all make a living. It aims to support the conservation of Africa’s endangered animal and plant species and will also finance projects that seek to uplift poor communities.
We do this by running annual cycling challenges with all proceeds going to pre-selected worthy causes. We are currently raising money for:
Save The Rhino Trust: Save The Rhino Trust Namibia protects the highly endangered desert-adapted black rhino population in the Damaraland region of Namibia. It is the largest free-ranging black rhino population in the wild. SRT has provided consistent patrolling and monitoring of black rhino over the last 25 years and they require funds for their anti-poaching units.
Wildlife ACT Fund: The Wildlife ACT Fund is a non-profit company and requires funds for the development of new anti-poaching technologies, the implementation of long-term monitoring programs of endangered species and community outreach initiatives.
Good Work Foundation: The Good Work Foundation uses its funds to promote the education of disadvantaged individuals in rural areas and to pioneer wildlife corridors between existing conservation areas.
Khumbulani: Khumbulani is a centre for kids between the age of 0 to about 13 years, managed by an amazing lady called Gloria Bebeza. Run out of a two roomed house, Gloria cares for about 160 HIV infected or affected children daily.
In 2009, the more intrepid (and fit!) members of the team cycled 330km across the Damaraland desert in Namibia to raise R300,000. In 2010 we were joined by fellow members of the travel industry and the public and raised R600,000 and in 2011 we raised R650,000. Our target for 2012 is R800,000.
If you would like to help put an end to Rhino poaching and support community development in Africa, but aren't able to take part in one of the Challenge4aCause events, you can still play your part in this incredible initiative by donating to Challenge4aCause on our online donation portal.
You can donate to Challenge4aCause online here.
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Here you can quickly and easily make a donation to Challenge4aCause. No matter how much or how little you are prepared to give, every coin helps!
On 26 July this year, 18 elite riders will take on the spectacular Damaraland Desert in Namibia in a physical and mental challenge like no other. This is Challenge4aCause 2014. Watch this space for more information.
This year is something special as the original riders of the mighty Challenge4ACause reunite after four years for an even more exciting and adventure-packed epic race across the desert.
In 2012 we are raising the bar for the Challenge4aCause Skeleton Coast Epic and aiming to raise R800,000 for Save the Rhino Trust, Wildlife ACT Fund and the Good Work Foundation.
In 2011, we ran two cycling challenges to raise funds and awareness for conservation projects. Personal and physical challenges of a lifetime in some spectacular surroundings in both Namibia and Botswana.
2009 was a closed event, but in 2010 we invited anyone brave enough to join our challenge and contribute to our cause. 18 challengers stepped up to take on the Challenge in July!
Each year we find a worthwhile cause and decide on a challenge in order to inspire people to contribute. For our inaugural challenge in 2009, we cycled over 300 kilometres across the Damaraland Desert in Namibia.
Rhino Africa’s fundraising initiative, Challenge4ACause, now in its eighth year, is yet again set to depart to Damaraland, Namibia on Saturday 11 June. Over the course of seven days, 18 riders will cycle 400km through the remote desert in Northern Namibia. The event aims to raise awareness for and assist rhino conservation, as well as other important causes. This year, Rhino Africa and Challenge4ACause have raised R3 million, through the generous donations of their industry partners, and every last cent will go to the four beneficiaries. Good Work Foundation is an NGO that empowers rural communities through online learning and is looking to reach 100,000 learners by 2020. Save the Rhino Trust Namibia is dedicated to protecting the critically endangered desert-adapted black rhino and its habitat. Wildlife ACT work tirelessly to protect endangered species such as the painted dog and the black rhino. And Khumbulani Day Care Centre in Khayelitsha is a centre for about 220 HIV infected or affected children aged between 0 and 13 years. Visit rhinoafrica.com or challenge4acause.org for more information.
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