The exciting Rhino Night Relay motorcycle race, held in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) recently, raised an amazing R20,676 for the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) to support its efforts in protecting our rhinos.
This is the second year in which CRF was chosen as the beneficiary by the organisers, Tim and Gwen Young.
“We are passionate about saving rhinos and do everything we can to contribute towards rhino conservation,” says Gwen, who is the operations manager at DM Cabling. “The best and most effective way for us to do this is through our Rhino Night Relay motorcycle race. Our events are 100% non-profit and we donate all entries and funds received.”
Their first-ever event was in 2018 when 80 riders raised over R10,000 for Saving The Survivors. The next year, more than 120 riders raised R12,000 for Kragga Kamma Game Park. COVID did not deter their fundraising efforts, and during 2020 R6,000 was raised during a virtual event for The Rhino Orphanage and Kragga Kamma Game Park and in 2021 and 2022, amazing lucky draws raised R6,200 for CRF and R13,210 for Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.
In November 2022, Gwen joined CRF for an exclusive rhino collaring event for Remembrance Day. After this amazing experience, Gwen and Tim raised the bar even further and the recent 2023 event at the Rover Motorcycle Club included two additional races – a fun calf race for the little ones, as well as a day motorcycle race. An amazing R20,676 was raised for CRF, thanks to the generous participants and sponsors.
“We are delighted with the success of this year’s event, and the small part we can play for a much bigger cause,” says Tim, an ex-national offroad racer. “Rhino Night Relay will be back even bigger and better in 2024– visit the Rhino Night Relay Facebook page for updates!”.