16th November 2017 — In October, David Murray visited the Dragon and showed the children dramatic images of how ‘Rhinos Without Borders’ airlift rhinos from areas of poaching in South Africa to highly protected areas in Botswana. The children completed this epic swim to raise money for the charity, to help move 100 rhinos out of danger.
The swim was started by Bill Cadogan, Chairman of the Africa Foundation which supports Rhinos Without Borders. The School established a page on Just Giving and all of the money raised will go to the charity and gift-aid can be added.
Rhino poaching threatens to make rhinos extinct within ten years. Certain species have already disappeared – there is only one male northern white rhino left, and all rhino species are now declining to critically low numbers. Poaching is fuelled by the mistaken belief that rhino horn has medicinal properties and horns are removed without injuring the rhino – in fact the horn has no more medicine than a finger nail and rhinos are killed brutally by heavily armed gangs.
Immediately after the swim Alexander Phelps said ‘we just swam the length of the channel in the pool, and that was tiring!’ Alexander Gushchin added ‘it was super-tough! I got a stitch on my 18th lap’. But with broad grins they said it felt ‘really good’ to raise so much money ‘to help move rhinos to Botswana where they can roam free’. From children with floats to squad members achieving over twenty lengths each, all of the children showed great courage and were deeply committed to raising funds and awareness for rhinos.