SaveTheRhino blogFour brave South Africans, dressed up in rhino suits, are taking the plight of our rhinos to the heart of China in the grueling Great Wall of China Marathon.

On Saturday 21 May 2016, four crazy South Africans are taking the plight of our rhinos to the heart of China. By running the Great Wall of China marathon in rhino suits, these brave runners aim to spread awareness, stimulate education and raise funds for this amazing species.

Brad Schroder, Greg Canning, Panayota Galanakis and Wilna-Marie van Staden, who all hail from the Vaalwater area of Limpopo Province, will run the gruelling 42km Great Wall marathon – considered by many as one of the most difficult races in the world.  And if that wasn’t enough punishment, all four runners will fly back to South Africa two days after the marathon to run the 89km Comrades marathon on 29 May 2006 – when Brad and Greg plan to share a rhino suit over the full length of the race.

Both Brad and Greg are passionate career conservationists who have been involved in rhino conservation over the past four decades. Rhino keepers and fellow runners Panayota and Wilna-Maria share this passion and hold the cause close to their hearts.

“We are looking for one million AMAZING people to donate only R1”, says Schroder and adds, “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 - YOU can make a difference!”

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Braam Malherbe, well-known conservationist, extreme adventurer and motivational speaker, is whole-heartedly 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 4200kms) at the pace of a full marathon a day for 98 days, Malherbe is also 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’s an honour to have been approached by Brad and his team to endorse this fantastic initiative. “Any initiative to save this iconic 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” says Malherbe. “Everyone can afford R1. 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 doesn’t 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. 50% of the funds raised through Save the Rhino will go towards rhino-related conservation projects that include protection, security and education initiatives in the Waterberg Area of the Limpopo Province – managed by Save the Rhino International and Welgevonden Game Reserve NPC.

Money donated to this cause is collected via JustGiving which will ensure all donations go directly to the cause with complete transparency.