1 000 000 BURPEES FOR 1 000 000 ZAR
To preserve important African wilderness areas Tshembo Africa Foundation and Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation are launching the #BurpeesForConservation challenge.
The aim of this fundraising campaign is to raise 1,000,000 South African Rand. This will be achieved by engaging thousands of people around the globe to participate in this sportive challenge to get to a total count of 1,000,000 burpees and getting sponsorship for those.
To kick-start the challenge, Bruce Lawson – Co-Founder of Tshembo Africa Foundation – is attempting a new world record by performing 30,000 burpees in 10 days. With this initiative we want to engage and inspire as many individuals and companies as possible, enabling them to show their support for the African wildlife and preserve important wilderness areas for future generations to come.
What a journey it was!
On the 14.03.2021 Bruce started his crazy attempt to achieve 30'000 Burpees in 10 days and from there it just went crazy. All in all over 4000 participants in 43 different countries were part of our extended fundraiser. We managed to raise 1'003'882 South African Rand in support of GKEPF to uplift, up skill and empower the Field Rangers in the Greater Kruger area. This men and women are day and night putting their lives on the front to save the Rhinos of the Lowveld.
More in detail to where exactly your money went will be released here and on social media in the coming weeks.
We are looking forward to share this amazing journey with you and thank you for your support.
Dear Tshembo Africa Foundation Friends & Sponsors,
In October 2021 we were extremely proud to hand over a cheque over ZAR1,000,000 to the CEO of the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF). This was only possible through the dedicated efforts of the participants of the #Burpeesforconservation challenge and the many generous donations we have received.
Since the end of our campaign GKEPF presented us with an exact plan for the needs of ranger training in the different areas belonging to GKEPF, such as Balule, Karingani, Klaserie, MalaMala, Manyeleti, Olifants, Sabi Sands, Selati, Timbavati, Thornybush and Umbabat Game Reserves.
Up until now ZAR185,000 have been spent for Tactical Operational Training and Dog Handler Training in six of the operational zones of GKEPF.
Tactical skills are taught to selected rangers who have proven themselves capable of special skills, e.g. tracking, dog handling, pursuit by air and dealing with contact situations.
These skills are invaluable not only to apprehend suspected poachers, but also to keep the rangers safe in dangerous situations.
These rangers play a crucial role in the protection of the natural environment and in the conservation of endangered species. Without their efforts maybe some of these species would not be present today.
Currently, South Africa is experiencing an immense onslaught on rhinos. Alone in the last week 24 rhinos were killed.
Rhino calves were left hurt next to their mothers, and we can only hope, that they will survive - not only the wounds but also the trauma of losing their mother.
This is a tremendous setback for the rangers, who put their lives on the line every single day for the protection of wildlife.
The trauma they go through, the many sleepless nights and days they have, the fear of maybe not be able to return to their families deserves our ongoing support. The training of these heroes will continue in December and in the beginning of next year, but now more than ever they deserve to be seen and to receive gratitude and support.
We would also like to mention that any further donations for this cause are still more than welcome. Please find our banking details with this link.
“If humans are the cause of this planet’s destruction, they can be the cause of its conservation.”
We hope that you and your families will have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a good start into the new year.
Yours in conservation,
Tshembo Africa Foundation Team