Last weekend Rhino Charge 2022 took place in Mosiro, Kajiado County, Kenya. This was the 33rd edition of the annual conservation fundraising motorsport for which Castor Vali has been a sponsor for the last eight years. Mosiro is a stunning and very rocky location and the perfect venue to enable Rhino Charge to maintain its reputation as the toughest off-road motor event in the world.
About Rhino Charge
The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road 4×4 competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 points (guard posts) scattered over approximately 100 km² of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. Funds raised from the event support the activities of the Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust, which work towards the conservation and protection of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, guided by the philosophy “Humans in harmony with habitat and wildlife”.
In addition to funds raised by the 56 teams of competitors for the work of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, the proceeds from the vehicle entry fee go towards supporting the host community, this year Mosiro. These funds have in the past been used to build schools, dispensaries, water tanks, or to strengthen security.
Castor Vali Providing Security Advice, Planning and Liaison
Steve Grant, Castor Vali’s Chief Executive Officer, sits on the Rhino Charge Main Committee, which oversees the organisation of the Rhino Charge. Each member of the committee offers his or her time, expertise and resources to ensure that the event is run successfully and to the highest standards.
Castor Vali sponsors Steve’s time to participate in the committee and provides his expertise to help secure the event and protect participants and spectators alike. Bringing to bear all of Castor Vali’s experience of working in inhospitable environments. Steve’s remit includes:
- Providing all security advice, planning and liaison with police, KWS and other private security partners.
- Producing a security risk assessment which Rhino Charge organisers use to demonstrate that all considerations have been assessed and mitigated.
- Provision of communication resources.
- Oversight of the medical resources and response to incidents on the venue.
Rhino Charge Fundraising Success
This year, through fundraising by the teams and guard post sponsors, a grand total of KES 156,279,489 was raised. A further, KES 5,293,030 was raised for the community and local projects.
Well done to everyone involved. It was a pleasure to be involved as always!