Yesterday, a number of students and a staff member from Treverton embarked on the challenge to reach the summit of the Rhino Peak and back again. Mr Travers Pellew, College Sports Co-ordinator, led the team, Daniel Jonck and Caleb Jennings, both grade 11 students. Another student, grade 8, Riley Babich competed alongside her father Mr Alex Babich.
Our school team did well, with Mr Travers Pellew coming in 2nd place overall, followed by Daniel Jonck in 3rd place. Daniel Jonck was the first student in. Caleb Jennings completed the challenge with a sub 5-hour time. Riley Babich took home the youngest competitor prize at age 14.
“The Rhino Peak Challenge (RPC) is a conservation fundraiser that takes place in the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site each year. A limited number of RPC Ambassadors set themselves the challenge of ascending the famous Rhino Peak (3056m) and raising funds for the RPC Beneficiaries while doing so. Since its inception in 2016 the RPC has raised almost R5.2m for Wildlife ACT, The Endangered Wildlife Trust and EKZNW. These funds are spent specifically on projects involving Vultures, Rhinos, and Cranes.
In order to complete the RPC the Ambassadors must each complete the 21km course to the summit of the Rhino Peak (3056m) and back. There is no time limit and Ambassadors may walk or run the RPC. Over the years a number of South Africa’s finest Trail Runners have taken part in the RPC and the current Fastest Known Times (FKT) for the RPC is 2hr15min for the men and 2hr45min for the ladies set by Kane Reilly and Holly Page respectively. However, most Ambassadors adopt a far more leisurely pace with times ranging between 4 and 9 hours to complete the Challenge.
The real focus of the RPC is of course the fundraising, and each Ambassador spends most of their energy on this. A Profile with a payment link is set up on the website for each Ambassador and donors can then choose which Ambassador they would like to support. The Ambassadors reach out to their personal networks for donations and the Event itself also does all it can to raise funds on behalf of the Ambassadors. This formula has proved highly successful since 2016 with almost R5.2m raised.”
For further information please visit www.treverton.co.za