Project goal – What exactly are we going to do?
In short we, as the #StandUp4Rhino team, are going to a lot of effort in order to purposely risk our lives (just a little), to raise much needed funding for our chosen beneficiary, by attempting the first ever descent of the rapids of the Zambezi River in the Batoka Gorge on stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Our target is to survive… and raise $10,000 in the process.
Project motivation – Why are we doing this?
At the end of the day, we could just do it for the bragging rights, but we all feel strongly that it would be much more meaningful if it were to translate into REAL benefits for a deserving cause, and there are few causes more deserving than the organisation we have chosen.
Project beneficiary – Who do we want to benefit from this?
Simply put, we want our efforts to benefit rhinos! But more specifically, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC – an orphanage and sanctuary for rhino orphans resulting from the on-going rhino poaching scourge that is decimating rhino populations in Southern Africa. We hope that through the publicity generated by the #StandUp4Rhino campaign, that a much broader awareness will be created and that this will have a knock on effect and ultimately benefit the general rhino population of southern Africa.
More about Care for Wild
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC operates from a remote farm location in the heartland of Mpumalanga, South Africa. The exact location is kept confidential for security reasons – after all, we are in the middle of a Rhino War. Here a treatment and care centre has been built where orphaned and subsequently rescued baby rhinos are tended to until such time as they can be rehabilitated back into the wild. These babies often come in injured and weak from lack of nourishment following the brutal slaying of their rhino mothers. Petronel Nieuwoudt, the founder of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC, is one of only a few people worldwide who has specialised in the care of orphaned and injured rhinos – her passion for these magnificent wild animals is infectious.
Care for Wild is largely funded by its own volunteer program and the wildlife capture, confinement and medical care courses run by Petronel herself. Care for Wild also relies upon the generosity and donations of concerned members of the public to provide the milk, other feed and medical attention that these baby rhinos require.
With the rhino war intensifying daily, the threat to Care for Wild’s rhino population is increasing and, as if treating and feeding the young orphans isn’t costly enough, there is the growing need to keep them safe as they too become potential targets of poachers bullets. This means armed rangers, fences, watch towers, lighting, etc. etc… It’s a sad sad state of affairs but it’s as real as the nose on your face.