Short Story

Meet Karmen Labuschagne, an avid outdoor enthusiast who thrives on the exhilarating experience of running through scenic landscapes. While Karmen typically enjoys the challenge of half marathons, she has long felt the urge to push her limits and explore longer distances.

In an exciting new adventure, Karmen has set her sights on a remarkable feat: running 100km alongside rangers in the captivating wilderness of Babanango. This endeavor promises to be an unforgettable journey filled with both physical and emotional challenges.

What makes this endeavor even more meaningful is Karmen’s commitment to supporting conservation efforts. She is proud to announce her participation in the Run For Rangers campaign, which aims to raise funds for the brave rangers who dedicate their lives to protecting wildlife and preserving natural habitats.

In particular, this run is about supporting Project Rhino, a vital initiative dedicated to combatting rhino poaching and ensuring the survival of these magnificent creatures. By raising funds for Project Rhino through the Run For Rangers campaign, she hopes to contribute to the ongoing efforts to safeguard rhinos and other endangered species.

With each step she takes, Karmen is driven by the desire to make a difference and support the dedicated rangers who work tirelessly on the frontlines of conservation. Her goal is to raise awareness for Project Rhino and generate much-needed support for their crucial work.

Join Karmen in activating generosity and donate now.

Run For Lives – Karmen’s Run For Rangers

R5,850.00 Given so far
R0 Pledged per Result
99 Days Left

Supported so far by 7 people.

Goal: R40,000.00
Give Now
Minimum amount is R Maximum amount is R

Tell the fundraiser how much you will give per Result

42 Campaigns | 0 Loved campaigns


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.