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Riders raise money for Waterberg projects

   02 March 2018   l   Die Pos-span/The Post team    l   Views: 123   l   22 days ago  


Sophie Williams-Thomas from England riding 190 km to raise money for non-profitable foundations operating in Vaalwater.

A total of £25 000 (approximately R400 000) was raised for the Waterberg Trust in January by 12 intrepid horse-riders from England. 

The riders completed 190 km over a six day period. 

The Waterberg Trust is a UK registered charity and is committed to supporting projects and charities in the Waterberg.

The ride, which began at Ant’s Nest outside of Vaalwater and ended at Tembisa, is one of the charity’s main fundraising projects. “Our aim is to raise not only money, but also awareness for many amazing, non-profitable foundations operating in the Waterberg,” explained Sophie Williams-Thomas, from England and a trustee of the charity.

The 12 riders partaking in the experience rode through seven farms. 

Ant Baber, local hunter and conservationist, was one of the riders and also the guide. 

Each rider was challenged to raise at least £1 000 in sponsorships or donations for the trust. Money raised will be donated to the Save the Waterberg Rhino foundation, education, health and welfare projects to uplift communities in the area. 

Amongst other organisations, Lapalala Wilderness School will be provided with funds to allow 60 learners form Meetsetshehla and Leseding Secondary Schools, the opportunity to go on a one-week residential course in support of their school curriculum. “This will have such a positive effect on everyone involved,” believes Williams-Thomas.




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