Jun 07, 2016
Saracens Players To Climb Mount Kenya With Premiership Trophy
Aviva Premiership trophy to be taken to the summit of Mount Kenya by champion rugby players to raise funds for elephant conservation.
Five Saracens players will be climbing Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy which was won by Saracens this season, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds for elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants.
Former Namibia captain and Saracens flanker, Jacques Burger, who has recently retired from professional rugby, will be flying over Mount Kenya on the 11th June as the players reach the summit at close to 5,000 meters. He will be joined on the climb by Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom.
“This is an opportunity for me to make a difference in my country and Africa as a whole, protecting something I feel strongly about. Nature is a part of who I am and I want my kids to be able to see wild elephants for themselves when they’re grown up,” said Burger. “The biggest challenge in protecting elephants is combating the poaching crisis and we need to address this urgently.”
Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants, added “this is about the ‘giants of rugby’ protecting the ‘giants of Africa’. Having these formidable and inspiring players take on the challenge of climbing one of the highest mountains in the world, carrying a symbol of their recent achievement, takes us one step closer to achieving our goal - a world where elephants and the landscapes they depend on are protected forever. We are incredibly grateful to Saracens and the players for their support.”
Funds raised from the climb will go towards implementing elephant conservation initiatives, which include the protection of elephants in the wild, the management of human-elephant conflict, and smart new ways to fund the maintenance of key elephant refuges – a ‘toolkit’ of methods pioneered by Space for Giants alongside partner organisations.
Space for Giants is an international conservation charity with more than a decade of experience facilitating the conservation and management of African elephants. Headquartered in Kenya, the charity focuses on developing and implementing front-line anti-poaching initiatives, securing protected landscapes for elephants, tackling human- wildlife conflict, providing local training and education for the next generation of conservationists and raising international awareness of the threats facing elephants today.
You can sponsor the players and help raise important funds for Space for Giants by clicking here or to find out more about Space for Giants and the climb visit www.spaceforgiants.org/journeys-for-giants