The Rhino Ride donates R60,000 to CRF

The Rhino Ride donates R60,000 to CRF

Chantelle Cook (CRF), Andre Barnard (GM: Sales) and Glenn McKeag (CEO) of Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris   CRF is delighted to have received a R60,000 donation from The Rhino Ride, a unique conservation initiative supported by Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris, which will bolster CRF’s ongoing projects to create rhino conservation awareness and fund critical anti-poaching interventions. The official handover took place in Berlin, where Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris attended a trade show. This donation is part of an ongoing contribution to CRF as specific Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris tours are sold. CRF – along with The Next Generation Conservation Trust Namibia – is a selected beneficiary of The Rhino Ride, a conservation initiative supported by Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris, a Cape Town based tour operator. For each guest booked on specific long-distance tours, a donation is made to the rhino conservation beneficiaries, which were chosen based on their credibility and transparent fund application. Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris believe that tourism can and does play a vital role in the conservation of Africa’s spectacular wild places. The Rhino Ride is aimed at creating awareness and sustainable support in the fight against rhino poaching through guided tours. This unique project also offers a platform for diverse partners in tourism and business to get involved and actively contribute towards the greater goal of eradicating rhino poaching. “The Rhino Ride is an initiative called to life by myself and Gavin Green from Swartberg Biking around five years ago,” says Andre Barnard, GM: Sales at Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris. “The idea is to support selected rhino conservation...
Kosta’s 250th summit of Lions Head: Reaching the Lion 500 Halfway Milestone

Kosta’s 250th summit of Lions Head: Reaching the Lion 500 Halfway Milestone

Just before sunrise on 24 May, Kosta Papageorgiou summited Lions Head Mountain in Cape Town for the 250th time since 11 September 2017, reaching the half way mark of an inspiring goal to complete 500 summits by the end of 2018 for the Lion 500 Fund Raising Challenge. Kosta has been climbing Lions Head Mountain daily, and sometimes even two or three times a day -braving extreme heat, rain showers, thick mist and slippery trails – in support of the Lion 500 Fund Raising Challenge. And for his milestone 250th summit, he was surrounded by supporters, friends and some of Cape town’s most experienced hikers, to make a positive difference and to remember fallen fellow hiker, Jennifer Harlow. Another 250 summits lie ahead, begging the question: “What motivates Kosta and his supporters?” “I used to climb the mountain frequently, just for the love of it,” says Kosta, who is a Cape Town tour guide and hosts teambuilding for corporate companies. “However, after I lost a friend to suicide caused by depression, and another very dear friend of mine survived rape, I felt very helpless. Being in nature seemed to ease the pain. I began to feel as if I were avenging my friends by climbing the mountain and reaching the top in their honour. Then I started to think about how I could make a positive difference, bringing hope and inspiration to others who face similar ordeals as my friends did. And that is how the Lion 500 Fund Raising Challenge was born. “I started with two causes, Rape Crisis and South African Depression and Anxiety Organisation, to honour...

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