Skydive for Rhinos: how are we progressing?

254: That’s the official rhino poaching tally this week. An increase of 7 in 7 days.

But the good news is that many more people have signed up to tandem skydive for the cause: Skydive4Rhinos.  And bearing in mind that everyone who jumps promises to raise R 5,000, our financial target is getting closer.

In the week since last we spoke:

  • Up to 16 members of the reserve staff of Thanda Game Reserve (a member of the Project Rhino KZN group) have agreed to skydive in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Clive Raymond Heaney, Executive Producer of MNet’s popular soapie ‘The Wild’ – and seven members of the cast – will be jumping in Rustenburg
  • Singer, actor and comedian Keeno Lee has accepted a challenge from Keenan Arrison (of The Wild) to jump in Cape Town
  • BMW Cedar Isle, Bridgestone Tyres and the Gauteng BMW Car Club used their Kyalami Race Day last Saturday to raise funds for the campaign – R 23,000 in one morning. Plus, Michael Broom (Editor, BMW Car Club magazine) and representatives from Bridgestone Tyres and BMW Cedar Isle have signed up to jump in Rustenburg
  • The Crescent Shopping Centre (Umhlanga Rocks) raised R45,000 through their Rhino Meets Reality campaign. School children from 12 Durban schools collected over 900,000 5c pieces as part of the campaign
  • 66 skydivers have already raised more than R 174 000 through their GivenGain Activist accounts
  • Four Super Skydivers have already raised more than R 10,000 each: Tanya Robinson (Rustenburg)- R 16,800; Karen Richards(Rustenburg) R15,000 Kirsten Arnold Port Elizabeth) R11,000 Tammy Kruger(Rustenburg) R10,000

And – (did YOU buy one at Indaba? I did) – the Jenman African Safaris office staff took off their clothes and painted their bodies to look like wild animals for their sexy 2013 calendar, which is being sold in aid of the Fund.

If you DIDN’T buy one at Indaba, R 120 secures your order: email

And finally: my challenge to Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde hasn’t gone unnoticed: at least three of his colleagues have said they’ll be jumping, too.

For them though, raising the R 5,000 should be a doddle. For me, not so much. So please make your pledge: even if you can only afford a single rhino (look at the notes in your wallet), it’ll be considered a significant contribution.

And if you want to Skydive4Rhinos  at any of the four official jump zones (Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Robertson) any time between now and International Rhino Day (22 September), please contact Micah van Schalkwyk: – or download the campaign’s facts sheet from This Tourism Week.

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