Eton students complete first half marathon in aid of rhino protection

On Sunday 21st May three students from Eton College completed their first half marathon, all in aid of rhino protection work undertaken by the Wilderness Foundation in South Africa

The rhino poaching crisis (as well as other wildlife crime) is of international significance and affects all levels of society. Since 2008 poachers have killed at least 5,940 African rhinos……

“Every 8 hours, another rhino is killed in South Africa…and the number is growing”

During the summer of 2017, the Wilderness Foundation UK and Wilderness Leadership School will be undertaking a rhino conservtion project in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve.

The rhino protection programme is being supported by boys from Eton College through the Wilderness Foundation/Eton College “Rhino Ambassadors” Programme.

This weekend, three of the students who will be participating in the expedition to South Africa in July 2017 started their journey by completing a half marathon.  Ed, Roberts and Ollie (pictured above) completed the sponsored run as part of a wider fundraising programme that Eton boys are engaged in.   All monies raised will be directly applied to the Rhino Ambassadors scheme, which includes on the ground anti-poaching measures, advocacy and awareness raising and we hope that during their time visiting South Africa the students will undertake a video project which will help us to raise awareness of the plight of the rhinos, and other victims of wildlife crime.

Huge congratulations to Ed, Robert and Ollie and our sincere thanks to all of the participants of the Rhino Ambassadors Programme 2017 who are working so hard to raise vital funds in support of our work to protect the world’s rhino population.

How you can help

If you would like to make a donation in support of our Rhino Ambassadors programme, you can contribute using the following link:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/etonrhinoambassadors

Donations raised through this scheme directly contribute to the welfare of rhino through work undertaken by the Wilderness Foundation UK and the Wilderness Leadership School of South Africa.

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