BENEFITING: RHINO ARK KENYA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC
The Rhino Charge is an annual off road fundraising motorsport competition that has been held annually in Kenya since 1989. It is a competition that requires bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation. The Rhino Charge is a fund raising event organized by Rhino Ark to raise funds for its conservation projects, including the world renowned Aberdare Electric Fence Project, Eburu forest and the Mt Kenya Forrest Fence. Team Rhino Rouge / Car 17 is ready to take on the challenge of the Rhino Charge. This sporting event is like no other that takes place in the wilds of Kenya each year in May/June, with the purpose of raising money for the registered charity Rhino Ark (501c3 No.1047083). Rhino Ark seeks solutions in the mountain range ecosystems of Kenya and for the benefit of Eastern Africa generally to conserve such ecologically precious indigenous forests and their provision of vital environmental services and to create a sustainable and harmonious environment that enables people and wildlife, including all flora and fauna, to coexist. These mountain forests are called “water towers”, which provide a yield of more than 15,800 million cubic meters per year, which is more than 75% of the renewable surface water resources of Kenya. Thus benefits a large range of other economic sectors that include the agriculture, forestry, fishing, electricity, water, hotels and accommodation, public administration and defense. Well-managed mountain forest cover reduces malarial disease prevalence, which is also a world asset. This year Car 17, as in 2014 and 2016, the Rhino Rouge "reserves" team has been called up again . . . In 2014 the reserves finished a creditable 16th overall, raised over KES 1.2 million. In 2016 we finished in 23rd place overall on a tough “bush bashing” course that didn’t really suit our Landcruiser but more importantly we raised just over KES 1.7 million. In 2017 we are aiming for the KES 2 million.