Highbury boys raise thousands for Wildlands

2017-10-31 06:01
PHOTO: Karen MeintjesHighbury boys hand over the cheque to Wildlands Conservation Trust representative.

PHOTO: Karen MeintjesHighbury boys hand over the cheque to Wildlands Conservation Trust representative.

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THE 2017 Maputuland Challenge was held on Saturday September 30 and deemed a success by all concerned.

Fifteen Highbury boys, and party of nine adult supporters, including retired Highbury teacher Paddy Collins, ran in stages from Bhanga Nek to Sodwana Bay in the north-east corner of Kwa- Zulu­-Natal.

The route along which the event is held is 65km of soft sand, being a 4x4 track joining places of incredible beauty and unspoilt vistas.

Each boy outdid himself in terms of determination, grit and fortitude in order to achieve his personal goal.

As Collins said after the event: “The intensity of the challenge creates a camaraderie in a new and different way,. Appreciating a beautiful part of our country and the joy of running was certainly a highlight.”

Highbury is proud of the boys who took part and is grateful to the individual and corporate sponsors who rallied to the cause.

While this event was hugely beneficial to each boy who participated, the ultimate motivation was to fund- raise for Highbury’s two adopted rhinos­, Tai and Baleka.

Contributing to the welfare and conservation of two rhinos has been one of Highbury’s priorities for nine years and the boys each fund-raised independently and gathered R75 000.

A cheque was handed over to Dave Gilroy, from Wildlands Conservation Trust, on October 22 and he gave a speech of thanks, reiterating that the funds go exclusively to the employment of rangers and trackers to protect our beautiful rhinos.

“The Highbury boys’ contribution to the Wildlands Conservation Trust is invaluable in our fight against the poaching of Baleka and Tai – thank you.”

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Contributing to the welfare and
conservation of two rhinos has been one of Highbury’s priorities for the past nine years and the boys each
fund-raised independently and
gathered a record amount of R75 000.

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