Fran Blandy wrote -Hi all, let's face it, things are looking pretty grim for Africa's wildlife: poachers running rampant while drought, climate change and population growth have shrunk their natural habitats and put them under constant threat. This year, in June, I am running the Safaricom Half-Marathon in a wildlife park to raise money for vital conservation projects in Kenya and across Africa. The Tusk conservation group runs anti-poaching projects, works to protect elephants, rhino and gorillas amongst others. It also funds programmes to help communities and wildlife live together in harmony. Funds raised are also used to create community conservancies and train people to take care of their natural resources But that is not all folks, some of the money also goes to an education programme for over 6,000 children as well as community water projects and the running of four clinics. You can read more about the beneficiaries of the money raised here: http://www.safaricom.co.ke/safaricommarathon/pdf/marathon_brochure_2016.pdf Racing against Kenyans in the bush, with the threat of a lion nearby may be good motivation but it is not enough. I need your help to protect these animals and help communities prosper in their midst.