Rhinos reliant on thick-skinned old fundraiser

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 0:00
Image: David Cheskin

Did you know that at the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos, but by 1970s there were only around 70,000 and in 2017, there are only around 28,000 surviving in the wild? Numbers have dropped dramatically owing to poaching for their horn (utterly useless but valued for its fabled aphrodisiacal properties). Three of the five species are critically endangered.

So what? Why are you reading this stuff about rhinos? Well, so sorry is the plight of this mammal that the pachyderms are reliant on the ageing legs of a MAMIL – that’s a middle-aged-man-in-lycra – to help raise money for their cause. OCC Outdoor’s publisher, Wes Stanton, is hoping to raise £1,500 for Save The Rhino by running this year’s London Marathon on 23 April. Some might say his efforts at the age of 47 mean that he, too, is now critically endangered, though if there are any rhinos reading this (we do have one or two on the mailing list) they should take consolation in the fact that this will be his fourth marathon.


Save The Rhino is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at protecting and preserving the species including anti-poaching measures, monitoring, environmental education, community conservation, demand reduction and captive breeding.


“All gifts of outdoor clothing and kit for training and race purposes will be appreciated,” said Stanton. “But both myself and the rhinos will appreciate cold, hard cash even more. Please visit my Virgin Money giving page and make a donation – thank you!”


To help Wes reach his target you can make a donation at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/wes-stanton 

By Ronnie Dungan