RCB is running for rhinos!

 Linda Dickens, an experienced runner, booked her flights to the UK as soon as she was awarded one of RCB's places on the 2018 London Marathon

Linda Dickens, an experienced runner, booked her flights to the UK as soon as she was awarded one of RCB's places on the 2018 London Marathon

Four people are about to do something that’s either totally crazy or totally awesome, depending on your point of view. They’re going to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) and for wild rhinos. 

These amazing people are Paul Swart, of RCB-USA and trustee of RCB (USA), Pierre Colin, an ardent support and donor to RCB (USA), and Linda Dickens (USA) and Jamie Barnes (UK), our new friends.

All are experienced athletes, but the marathon will be a whole new personal challenge for them. The race is 26.2 miles and takes place around the streets of London, culminating in the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace. A staggering 386,050 people applied to run the London Marathon next April, and RCB was awarded four charity places.

 Pierre Colin (left) and RCB trustee and head of RCB-USA Paul Swart are running for rhinos

Pierre Colin (left) and RCB trustee and head of RCB-USA Paul Swart are running for rhinos

Linda said, “I’m running the London Marathon for RCB because I want future generations to be able to see wild rhinos for themselves, not just in zoos or in pictures.”

Pierre couldn’t agree more. He said, “My wife, Denise, and I support RCB’s work in Botswana to protect rhinos. What will the world be like if humans are responsible for the demise of wildlife that has been around for millions of years, before we even existed? We can’t let that happen!”

 Paul, second from the left, gets to grips with a rhino during an RCB operation in Botswana

Paul, second from the left, gets to grips with a rhino during an RCB operation in Botswana

Paul cannot think of a more rewarding cause to run for. He has joined RCB on operations to fit rhinos with tracking devices – and knows that every penny raised will be put to preventing these incredible animals from going extinct.

Please support our runners directly on their fundraising pages – Linda's page, Paul and Pierre's page and Jamie’s page (to come). Every penny will go straight to RCB’s frontline conservation efforts to keep wild rhinos safe for the world.

Thank you from RCB – and the rhinos!