MILES FOR MAMMALS – GOAL R 200 000
“With the wildlife for the wildlife”
Kings Camp safari guide Grant Murphy will be running an ultra-marathon within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on 14 June 2020 in order to raise funds for two worthy causes – the Timbavati K9 Unit, and Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre.
Due to Covid–19, the Comrades Marathon which Grant usually takes part in is postponed for 2020, so Grant has decided to still run the 90,2km (56 miles) of the ultra-marathon on the day that it would have taken place, but within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve where he works at Kings Camp lodge as a field guide.
Grant is very passionate about wildlife, and has chosen two wildlife charities to support, which will be receiving 50% each of the total donations.
Comrades is an Ultra Marathon race, in fact it’s the biggest ultra-marathon in the world. Calling themselves ”The Ultimate Human Race”. It takes place in the Kwazulu-Natal region of South Africa and attracts 27,500 runners and many spectators. The distance for 2020 is 90,2km. It is physically challenging but also very mentally challenging, pushing people to limits they never thought were possible. Grants best ever time was 7 hours 47 minutes.
Kings Camp has been instrumental in getting this initiative off the ground and it is a very worthy cause. Kings Camp is committed to conservation and fully support Grant in this amazing challenge and commend his commitment to running but also his passion for wildlife and we truly hope we can help both of these worthy causes, so they can continue doing the wonderful and highly important work to save our wildlife.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve’s K9 Unit
With the ongoing and ever-increasing threat to our precious wildlife, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve constantly ups their game, adapting to counter the relentless pressure of illegal poaching of our natural heritage.
The illegal trade in rhino horn and ivory has reached record statistics internationally, with a rhino horn reaching a price higher than gold. Frightening figures, considering a horn is made from keratin, the same component as human fingernails!
Due to the dedication of individuals who have decided to fight this war, the numbers of rhinos poached in South Africa is declining. This is a move in the right direction; however, it is still far too many that are being lost.
The unity and collective efforts to counter poaching are making a huge difference, whether it is rangers on foot, K9 dog units or financial sponsors, everyone is on the same team.
Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre
Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre is a non-profit rehabilitation centre situated in Tzaneen.
They spread a message of hope and compassion, believing that a single action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach the team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part of the greater good.
The current Covid -19 situation has been particularly tough, as they aren’t able to have volunteers at this time who pay a small fee to help them so funding is so important to enable them to continue to this good work.
Check out their website for more information www.umoyakhululawildlife.com
Thank you for the support, and please do share this to everyone and anyone who may be able to sponsor Grant for this exciting venture as he runs miles for mammals.
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