Dear STIHL Imfolozi MTB Rider,
Thank you so much for joining us on another incredible iMfolozi MTB Challenge this year, an event that allows you to contribute towards ongoing conservation efforts in the park. We are happy to confirm that we had 216 (out of 231) riders that took on the 42km ride through the park on Saturday. While this wasn’t our ideal number, we hope to double this number in 2023 so we can increase the fundraising potential for this unique event for the benefit of the crucial conservation work done by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in partnership with WILDTRUST.
As mentioned by WILDTRUST CEO Dr Roelie Kloppers on Saturday evening, a huge THANK YOU goes to our title sponsor, STIHL, for their continued support through the tough economic climate. Another thank you goes to National Edging, who also came on board to assist in keeping this event afloat. A special mention goes to the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Honorary Officers for their incredible effort in preparing the campsites, looking after riders on route and ensuring everyone’s safety throughout the weekend.
We would also like to highlight the donation of chains for the dehorning chainsaws for the Game Capture team from STIHL. As Dumisane Zwane mentioned, through support from STIHL, they have dehorned over 700 rhino across the reserve, over the past 5 years. Dehorning doesn’t harm the rhino in any way and it is currently the most successful strategy in deterring poachers from the reserve.
Please do not forget that WILDTRUST is now the official charity that benefits from the Amashova Durban Classic. Show your support by signing up to ride in this charity batch and assist WILDTRUST pursue their vision of a thriving and resilient world. The race takes place on the 23rd of October 2022. To find out more, please visit https://www.shova.co.za/
To make further contributions to support WILDTRUST and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park’s Wildlife Crimes Unit, simply scan this Zapper QR Code below or follow the link https://zapper.com/url/HeZN5Wp0qK to make your donation. Every cent counts. All donations towards this cause qualify for a S18A tax benefit certificate. To request this, email email@example.com
Wildlands Conservation Trust
Account number: 1001 101 4125
Branch code: 580105
SWIFT Code: IVESZAJJXXX
Reference: Your name/company
Lastly, thank you to all of you for choosing the Imfolozi MTB Challenge. This event wouldn’t exist without your participation. We look forward to seeing you in 2023 and please keep your eyes on our social media pages as we will release the dates soon.
Stu, Fuzz and the WILDTRUST Team