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Gordon is a Discovery Financial Advisor, Philanthropist, Father, Husband and proud Durbanite with a lust for life and raising money by challenging himself physically in various events.

He is a 50-year-old that had a “healthy midlife crisis” aged 40 where he started doing physical challenges and raising money for various charities.

Ten years later having completed over 5000km in various events cycling, running, hiking, paddling, hand cycling and swimming he has helped raise millions for charities.

I really believe we need to get involved to save our wildlife for future generations.  The “Run For Rangers” challenge involves running 100km over two days in Babanango.

The aim is to raise funds for Project Rhino and for the rangers who protect the wildlife and this is something that appealed to me. Durban 2 Round Table has agreed to match any amount up to a total of R30 000 that I raise between now and the end of May so please donate generously.

I am by no means a natural runner but have done one marathon a handful of half marathons, many triathlons including 3 Half Ironman’s, 50km Mount-Aux Sources and the 21km Rhino Peak Challenge in pursuit of raising funds for some wonderful charities.

That’s why this goal of doing 100km over 2 days through the African Bush appeals to me.

Join me in activating generosity by donating a once off amount now.

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Babanango Game Reserve, located in the heart of Zululand, Kwazulu-Natal, is a showcase for one of the most ambitious rewilding projects in Southern Africa in recent years. Set among the breathtaking topography of the upper White Umfolozi River Valley, the reserve occupies a vast wilderness area of over 20,000 hectares that is steeped in Zulu history and layered upon geological features that date back to the beginning of time. The rugged mountains and valleys provide refuge for an extraordinary diversity of birds, plants, insects, reptiles, and mammals, including the elusive aardvark and aardwolf.

Visitors to Babanango Game Reserve can be assured of an unrivalled safari experience due to highly knowledgeable guides and a range of activities to choose from. Significant historical battle sites, such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, are located close by.

Project Rhino was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists in the common aim of fighting wildlife crime.

Together with South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Project Rhino member reserves are collectively responsible for the protection of the world’s largest rhino population, as well as the most genetically diverse white rhino population. Devastatingly, our rhino have become a target for highly organised poaching rings and crime syndicates, fuelled largely by an ongoing and unfounded demand by traditional Eastern medicine. Rhino numbers have plummeted – more than 8,000 have been lost in RSA in the last decade – whilst the costs of keeping the remaining populations safe have increased astronomically.

Project Rhino initiatives range from urgent anti-poaching and wildlife crime interventions to a long-term outlook focused on developing empowered communities who own, manage and protect the Conservation Economy.

Project Rhino’s Four Pillars of Support

The Project Rhino platform ensures that efforts to protect white and black rhino populations are coherent and avoids duplication of work. It collaborates with anti-poaching and wildlife economy initiatives throughout southern Africa to share strategies and best practices. Project Rhino follows a four-pronged approach:

Co-ordination Unit: The team that keeps the engines running: 1) mobilising stakeholders; 2) gathering and synthesising anti-poaching intelligence; 3) prioritising needs; and 4) sourcing funds and donations. Without effective coordination, we would see a disjointed and dysfunctional response to wildlife crime – resulting in higher poaching numbers.

Ranger and Technical Support: Direct training equipment support to rangers, anti-poaching technologies, dehorning interventions, equipping, and supporting the K9 and Equine units, and the ZAP-Wing aerial surveillance unit, including the lease and support costs of the airfield at Hluhluwe, northern KZN.

Wildlife Youth & Leadership Development (WYLD): Interaction and education of youth and wildlife communities through Rhino (Wild) Art, Youth Camps, Leadership Forums, World Youth Wildlife Summit and others. Helping to build our current and future conservation champions through supportive platforms.

Conservation Economy and Enterprise: Supporting livelihoods by building a network of responsible use landscapes that provide opportunities for local job creation and small business development, including permaculture food gardens.