Breaking my Blog Drought

by Naomi on July 11, 2013

in Wildlife

Smurf the rhino calf eyeing SA map

Words can barely describe how busy our lives have been for the past year and more, but here’s to finally breaking my blog drought! I’m delighted to share news of our joint Rock ’n Ride 4 Rhino project. This is an epic conservation, community and communications project entailing a 15,000+ km motorcycle adventure around Southern Africa from April – Sep 2013.

It has been conceived by Jason Hartman, 2009 SA Idol and founding director of Men of the Trees, and Dave – both passionate bikers and conservationists – in partnership with Damien Mander, former Australian Army Special Operations sniper and founding director of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. The purpose is to educate and inform, mobilize united action and raise funds for the extensive equipment, manpower and resources required to effectively combat poaching, support community upliftment and provide a communications mechanism via video and still images.

We’re half way through the tour and what a phenomenal time we’ve had. Heartfelt thank you to each and every student, teacher, supporter, sponsor, biker and friend who has made this success possible! Special mention to Yamaha SA for sponsoring Jason’s Road Warrior cruiser and Dave’s Super Tenere adventure bike, pictured below. You may recognise this photo of the guys at dawn from some of our billboards around Jo’burg – with sincere thanks to our sponsors at Primedia Outdoor.

Dave Estment & Jason Hartman on Rock 'n Ride 4 Rhino tour

Huge thanks also to Unitrans VW and their exceptional Unite Against Poaching initiative for the two trusty Amarok double cabs that are carrying our team around the country. Here they are at the beautiful Olive Grove Guest Farm in Beaufort West, who generously hosted us on our first night:

Rock 'n Ride 4 Rhino Team

In addition to all our other sponsors, our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Legacy Hotels & Resorts and City Lodge for their fantastic support. Here we are at the City Lodge hotel in Summerstrand PE:

Rock 'n Ride 4 Rhino on tour

Schools have formed the backbone of our tour, with the exceptional Philanthropy Challenge that we’re sharing with students (52 schools and about 22,000 students so far). It has been humbling, overwhelming and deeply inspiring to experience the vibrant energy of so many young people, coupled with the power of unified purpose. On behalf of our whole team, we are so grateful for all of their invaluable support!

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kate shrewsday July 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Yay! Lovely to hear from you, Naomi! It is strange how one gets to know someone through a good blog and no-one else can ever really fill their place. You and Cindy – two of my earliest blogging acquaintances -are just such people. I learnt so much from you both and miss the updates from a part of the world which seems so exotic here in Britain, and which I may never get a chance to visit.

I shall look forward to the odd update once more. Love to you both, and the animals.

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Naomi July 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Hi Kate, how wonderful to hear from you! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I sincerely appreciate it and have also really missed my ever-uplifting visits to your blog, which I plan to resume more regularly. So sorry to hear that Clive went wandering and hope he returns home very soon, if not already. Lots of love and a big SA hug to you all, not forgetting Macauley of course 🙂

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Tokeloshe August 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm

What an adventure !
Welcome back.

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Naomi August 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks so much Tok! Great to connect again and all the best to you and yours over there 🙂

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