Rhino Charge 2012 held yesterday (June 2) in Il Ngwesi, Laikipia North District raised Ksh 84,627,119.33.
This beats last year’s figure of Ksh 77.3 million adding another Ksh 7.3million to secure another all-time record.
The event was won by Terry Childs (Braeburn Seven Squared) in car 49 with a distance of 47.6km. The course’s straight line distance was just less than 30 km.
Said Clerk of the Course, Anton Levitan, “it was a tough course and claimed many casualties. Of the 62 registered entrants, only 15 completed all 14 guard posts. It proved to be one of the hardest Charges because all the top cars did some of their routes on the road which normally doesn’t happen.”
Winner of the most prestigious Victor Ludorum - highest fundraise and best placed by formula was won by Alan McKittrick in car 5 who was placed 3rd overall in the event. McKittrick’s team has been highest fundraiser for 10 years in a row. This year they raised Ksh 10,192,351.
The exciting event lived up to all expectations for the entrants who were flagged off at 7.30 am from the spread of guard posts scattered through the rugged rock strewn hills and gulleys of Il Ngwesi group ranch.
In a tough contest at the gauntlet, Peter Bonde-Nielsen (Team Garmin) in car 64 took the first position with a distance of 1.29 km. Second position went to Mahesh Bhatti in car 7 with a distance of 1.32 km. Third place was taken by Adil Khawaja (AK 44) in car 44 with a distance of 1.44 km.
The modified vehicles category was won again by Terry Childs in car 49 who covered 14 posts with a distance of 47.678 km. Teresa Sapieha (Girls in Pearls) won the unmodified category coming 24th overall with a distance of 86.91 km.
Best placed overseas entrant was car 9 - Land Rover Gumtree 4×4 of John Bowden - with a distance of 81.176 km and placed 14th overall in the event.
Rally Ace Ian Duncan (KTM Cruisers) in car 2 was awarded the Spirit of the Charge trophy for helping to rescue car 26 which had rolled.
Tiger Line 1 was won by Gray Cullen (Smiling Shenzies) in car 22 covering a distance of 2.961 km. Tiger Line 2 was won by first time entrant, Richard Keeley in car 47 covering a distance of 2.99 km.
The most meritorious international team was Grant Mowat (Proudly Nigerian) in car 32. Petra Somen (Bushbabes) in car 19 was awarded the Coupe Des Dames award.
The Rhino Charge raffle to assist the fundraise with over 140 prizes was very successful. The main prize, 2 return business class tickets to Rome from Kenya Airways and 2 nights for 2 at Hilton Hotel’s Rome Cavalieri, was won by S Avery of car 38 Bundufundis team. .
Speaking during the prize giving ceremony, Colin Church, Chairman of the Rhino Ark Management Committee said, “We received great cooperation from Il Ngwesi group ranch in all preparations. With 15 finishers, it proved it was a tough course.”
The camping fees totaling Ksh 2.7 million was raised from entry fees into the venue by all entrants. The funds will go to local conservation projects under a local committee and Rhino Ark.
At prize giving, it was announced that Anton Levitan was retiring as the Clerk of Course and Chairman of the Rhino Charge Committee. He is replaced by committee member David Lowe. Levitan will remain a member of the course design team.
The Ken Kuhle Trophy for services to conservation was awarded to Rhino Ark longtime supporter and patron, Charles Njonjo.
The money raised during this event will go towards fencing the Mt Kenya and Mau Eburu. Work on these two projects began in April 2012.
Rhino Ark remains committed to the Aberdares. On May 11, 2012, the Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, launched the Aberdare Trust. The Trust is a public /private project that will manage the Rhino Ark Aberdare Fence and play an active role in best practice management of the Aberdare Ecosystem.
For further information please contact:-John Thuo, Church Orr &Associates, Tell-0733 320517 and e-mail:- coa(at)churchorr.org or Kate Mwangi, Rhino Ark, Tel:-2136010/11 e-mail:- kate(at)rhinoark.co.ke