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...
Beefy Walks the Rainbow Nation in aid of orphans and rhinos

Beefy Walks the Rainbow Nation in aid of orphans and rhinos

In December 2015, ex-England cricketer and icon, Sir Ian Botham aka Beefy will walk across South Africa to raise money for four charities. Botham, his crew and supporters will cover a distance of 160 kilometres over eight stages, commencing on December 10 in the Western Cape (Llandudno, Cape Town and Stellenbosch), before passing through Port Elizabeth and Durban en route to Gauteng (Soweto and Johannesburg), with the last leg ending in Pretoria on December 17. The walk will celebrate Beefy’s 60th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his first fundraising walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985. Commenting on December’s Rainbow Nation Challenge in the Dailymail earlier this year, Beefy said: “South Africa has always been a country close to my heart, I love the culture, the people, the scenery the wine and the safari.” All monies raised will be equally divided between four deserving local charities close to Beefy’s heart: Nazareth House (CT), the Waitrose Foundation, the Kliptown Youth Programme and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF). The CRF was established in 2010 to protect and preserve the critically endangered African Black rhino, of which only 4,800 survive, and near-threatened African White rhino of which only 20,000 remain, as poaching levels reach crisis point. Between 2000 and 2013, 2700 rhinos were slaughtered, with another 1215 rhino butchered in 2014. According to the last official statistics from the Department of Environmental Affairs (27 August 2015), 749 rhinos have already been poached this year. Established by Brent and Chantelle Cook, along with business partner Paul Naudé, CRF is a NGO run by volunteers. It specialises in continuously sourcing, testing...
Roasted for a cause: A cuppa for the love of rhinos

Roasted for a cause: A cuppa for the love of rhinos

Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists in a collaboration with the Chipembere Rhino Foundation have created a special All African Arabica coffee blend, ‘Chipembere’ that continues their fine tradition of authentically hand-roasted Mastertons coffee, while protecting and giving back to the natural environment that has been our home for almost 100 years. Roasted for a cause, for every 250 grams of ‘Chipembere’ coffee purchased by retailers and coffee-loving rhino supporters, R5 is donated to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation to aid their rhino conservation...
The perfect getaway, for the love of rhinos

The perfect getaway, for the love of rhinos

One of South Africa’s best-kept getaway secrets is HillsNek Safari Camp, situated in a secluded corner of the magnificent, Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Just four exclusive, luxurious tented suites set on the banks of the Bushman’s River offer a breathtaking panoramic vista of rolling African plains, home to abundant wildlife including the white rhino. It was a sad event in 2010 when two of Amakhala’s white rhino bulls were slaughtered. This prompted HillsNek Safari’s owners to step up their conservation efforts and help establish the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in an effort to protect and promote the population growth of the southern white rhino in...

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