Thursday, 29 May 2008
For what started as a charity event, it has turned out to be a great day for drivers out to play wits with mother nature and the best of 4x4 vehicles. This year's event marks 20 years since the Rhino Ark Foundation-founded to help raise funds for the building of an electric fence to help fence the area around the Aberdare National Park-organised th event. This was to help resolve the animal-human conflict which has occurred over the years due to encroachment into the Aberdare forest.
The basics of the event are a venue 200 km off the City of Nairobi where drivers have no clue until the day of the event. They are given pointers on which trail to follow using GPRS and any other means to find the shortest route to the ultimate point. Teams are required to have at least 3-7 personnel who will help along the way to help the car get to its destination, by pushing, pulling, raising or at times adding weight to make it through the treacherous course.
Last year the Foundation was able to raise around KShs.75 million (approx. US$ 1.15 million). This is quite tidy for any charity event worth its salt.
The main attraction comes around because most participants are prominent people and also local business magnates. Others also come from well-known families with corporate connections to be able to attract sponsorship to such an event.
They do bring along their families for such events making it one big play-day for one and all. It also has the added benefit of being out of the hustle and bustle of what has become a congested Nairobi. Huh, smell that fresh air .....
Go out guys, on the 1st of June, be patriotic but most of all be at the Rhino Charge when they do announce the venue on Saturday or Sunday morning.