Wall of Fame

JimHigham WOF Addy WOF

Age: 42
 

Occupation: Civil Servant

What activity did you do to raise money for Save the Rhino International? I Ran the Brighton Half Marathon in the famous rhino costume.  Have upgraded and hope to run the full marathon in 2016.

How did you raise your funds? Persistent good natured electronic nagging through Facebook, Just Giving and YouTube.  I made a short film depicting a day in the life of a suburban rhino, which helped push the total up in the days after the run.  I'm new to fundraising and probably could have been a lot more inventive but it's useful to have something new up my sleeve for next time.  

Why did you choose Save the Rhino International?  I've been lucky enough to see rhinos in Nepal, South Africa and Namibia and they are just the most noble animals.  I simply couldn't bear to see another news item about poaching and NOT do something.  It feels fantastic to be able to help Save the Rhino continue their work, which really is needed now more than ever.

What was the highlight of your challenge? Approaching the finish line.  Everybody went a little bit rhino crazy.  The announcer's voice went up an octave and the crowd shouted itself hoarse.  It's the closest I shall ever come to celebrity.

If you had to give one piece of advice to future Rhino Legends what would it be? Don't be shy in asking.  It turns out that there is more love for the rhino than you can possibly imagine and people desperately want you to do well.  Also, if you're running, save a little for the sprint finish.  It's great to mess with the other runners' minds.

Age: 11

Occupation: Student and Rhino Advocate

What activity did you do to raise money for Save the Rhino International? I held a fundraiser at my house, where I had information about the plight of the Rhinos, fun games about Rhinos, pin the horn on the Rhino, and making clay Rhinos.

How did you raise your funds? I sold Save the Rhino bracelets, and photos that I took from my trip to South Africa.

Why did you choose Save the Rhino International? When I learned about how dire the rhino situation was, I wanted to have my donations go directly to saving the rhinos. Save the Rhinos International is doing such great work, I wanted to and still support their awesome efforts towards saving rhinos.

What was the highlight of your challenge? Seeing that I was able to raise over $900 dollars to help the rhinos. It was also very fun to educate so many people about rhinos. 

If you had to give one piece of advice to future Rhino Legends what would it be? Never stop believing that your efforts, no matter how small you think they might be, will have a direct impact in helping change the world and allow your children to see rhinos in the wild.  

Hazel WOF

JulietPierrot WOF

Age: 17 

Occupation: Sixth Form Student 

What activity did you do to raise money for Save the Rhino International? The Back2TheTrenches ‘Over the Top’ 5K Mud Run, Redhill, Surrey. 

How did you raise your funds? Put up posters around my school, sent mass emails to students in my school, gave out some posters to family friends, collected the money through my just giving page (www.justgiving.com/hazel-mcpherson) which I shared on social networking sites. 

Why did you choose Save the Rhino International? In the summer holidays in 2014 I worked in Whipsnade Zoo as part of their Zoo Academy course – I fell in love with the Rhinos (even after cleaning out their paddocks/enclosure for a couple of hours!) and wanted to help them in any way that I could.  

What was the highlight of your challenge? To be honest, reaching the finish line. The mud was absolutely freezing and the obstacles were horrendous – but totally worth it! The support from other people taking part was awesome too, at one point I was struggling and was greeted by a ‘YOU SAVE THOSE RHINOS, GIRL!’ which definitely helped me push through. Seeing my dad covered near head to toe in mud was also pretty great! 

If you had to give one piece of advice to future Rhino Legends what would it be? Enjoy it as much as possible – and make sure you find out what you’re getting yourself into before you see the obstacle course for the first time that morning!


Age: 44 
 

 Occupation:  Senior Sales Support Specialist @ Riverbed Technology

 

What activity did you do to raise money for Save the Rhino International?   I held a birthday tea and am doing a Tandem Skydive (def not brave enough to jump on my own)
 

How did you raise your funds? Birthday tea i asked everyone i invited to donate money instead of presents. For the Skydive i have sent countless email shots out to my colleagues local and overseas. I have put my Just Giving Page link all over Facebook and LinkedIn. I have personally asked friends and family when i see them, no one escapes me without a donation!
 

Why did you choose Save the Rhino International?  Last year i became aware of the rapid decline in Rhino numbers due to ignorant poaching and the reality hit me that  they will become extinct in my life time let alone my future grand children so i decided i needed to try make a difference!


If you had to give one piece of advice to future Rhino Legends what would it be?  We can all make a difference, every little bit helps and counts towards the bigger picture, lets educate those that need it, don't loose faith lets do this together and save our heritage and this amazing species we were given!

 

JulietPierrot WOF ChristopherHowe WOF
Age: 42

Occupation: Safari Field Guide

What activity did you do to raise money for Save the Rhino International?  I promised to shave my head

How did you raise your funds?
I mainly used Facebook and Twitter but also sent emails out to colleagues, friends and other family members. I guide for a volunteer research and conservation organisation, so I put a poster on the wall at the lodge and we publicised it through the programme. I was amazed by the support I got: One of our ex-volunteers created an incredible photography book and dedicated the sales of the first two to the fundraising and then has organised a photography workshop with the proceeds also going to the fundraising.  I had another volunteer who also shaved her head in support and others who organised bake-sales or gathered funds from their friends and families to donate... People have been really amazing! My target is R100,000 and I have raised R76,000 so far.

Why did you choose Save the Rhino International? 
I guide in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, about 40km away from Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. This reserve is the source population of the world’s Southern White Rhino following the successful ‘Operation Rhino’ efforts in the 1950s to bring back white rhino from the brink of extinction. In my opinion there are only two ways to win this war; resources on the ground to eliminate the success of the poachers and education in Asia to eliminate the demand.
I chose Save The Rhino because they have a campaign specifically to support the resources on the ground (the Rangers at Hluhluwe Imfolozi) and I felt my fundraising could really make a difference there.

What was the highlight of your challenge?
I have to say the event itself. I arranged to do it publicly at the Mkuze Cricket Club in Mkuze, KZN and they publicised it on their Facebook page and I let all my friends in the area know about it.  The atmosphere was fantastic! They organised a small entry fee on the night and we made R3430 through that alone! I had decided to auction the right to shave my head on the night too. My hair is going to The Little Princess Trust to make real hair wigs for children who have lost theirs through chemotherapy treatments, so I had to plait the hair into pigtails first, then the auction began! Unbeknownst to me, two of my friends had decided they were going to win the auction and share the head-shaving; thanks to them both we raised another R3000 on the night…It couldn’t have gone better! It was a bit of a shock when I first looked at myself in the mirror but I’m getting used to it now!


If you had to give one piece of advice to future Rhino Legends what would it be?
Aim high and keep campaigning! I know that through my fundraising I have raised the awareness of the Rhino Poaching issue into the forefront of many people’s minds; people that on a day-to-day basis don’t think about it like I do. My friends ‘friends’ and even their children are supporting my fundraising and it’s not just about the money..it’s the awareness too! Education and Resources; that is what we need to keep pushing for; that is how we are going to win this war.

Occupation: Antiques Dealer
 

What activity did you do to raise money for Save the Rhino International? British London 10K Run.
 

How did you raise your funds? Sponsorship from friends and clients.
 

Why did you choose Save the Rhino International? Because it is an avoidable travesty caused by human exploitation.
 

What was the highlight of your challenge? The generosity that the cause seemed to generate, it made me run faster.


If you had to give one piece of advice to future Rhino Legends what would it be? You must believe that a huge number of people feel the same way as you do and what you are doing inspires and enables others to take part and make a difference. The rhino is saveable and your actions will feel significant.

 

You WOF

Age: Old enough to save Rhinos, young enough to have fun

Interests: In my spare time I like to preserve history, protect the future and SAVE RHINOS

What will your legend be?



Age: Old enough to save Rhinos, young enough to have fun

Interests: In my spare time I like to preserve history, protect the future and SAVE RHINOS

What will your legend be?