School Boys Riding for Rhinos Project
Two extraordinary boys from Bishops College in Cape Town have decided to take a stand against Rhino poaching and embark on a fundraising project to raise money for Rhinos without Borders.
A non profit organisation formed in order to start moving these endangered animals away from the poaching hotspots to safer environments. Matt Perrott and Callam Tait will be cycling from Cape Town to Knysna over 5 days in March. On their way back back to Cape Town the boys will be staying over at Gondwana Game Reserve and assisting the anti-poaching team and learning more about Gondwana Conservation Foundation’s Rainbow Rhino Initiative. Matt and Callam plan to Start their trip on Thursday 17th March where they will leave from school after a farewell blessing.
They will end in Knysna 21st March. Please show your support by donating to this important cause.
A letter from the boys:
“Rhino poaching in Southern Africa is at an all time high and so we would like to do our part in securing the rhinos’ future by raising funds for the “Rhinos Without Borders” project.In March 2016, we Matt Perrott and Callam Tait will be cycling along the South African coastline from Cape Town to Knysna which will cover approximately 600km, over a 5 day period. The funds we raise will go to the security and monitoring of the rhinos during translocation.
We have always been passionate advocates for South African nature conservation and in particular, rhino poaching. We believe it is one of our most pressing issues as rhinos are on the brink of extinction. This year we decided that we could no longer just sit and support vocally but rather get out and make a valuable contribution to saving the rhino.
It costs about R300 000 per rhino for its capture, quarantine and translocation, and about R200 000 per rhino for the security and monitoring. This makes a total of R500 000 per rhino. We aim to raise R200,000 which would cover the costs of security and monitoring of one rhino.
Both of us are in our final year of school at Diocesan College (Bishops), in Cape Town.
It would assist us greatly if you supported our ride in any way possible to further enhance the profile of Riding for Rhinos. We are only 17 years old and through this project we would love to help inspire the youth of our country to support nature conservation and help them to believe that they can make a difference.”
Callam Tait & Matt Perrott