Girls in Pearls

Rhino Charge 2024: Girls in Pearls & Wacus are back!!

Fundraising for Rhino Ark
raised of £10,000 target
Participants: Teresa Sapieha, Maryjka Sapieha, Sweata Shah-Ostrowska, Sara Shaw, Nuria Martinez de Velasco, Ana España Ron
Rhino Ark

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We build electric eco-fences in Africa to protect Africa's threatened ecosystems


Racing for Conservation: The Sapieha Family's Rhino Charge Legacy

In the heart of Kenya's rugged landscapes, where the dust settles and the roar of engines meets the call of the wild, the Sapieha family found their unique path to conservation. At the helm was Eustachy (Stash), a patriarch whose love for nature transcended generations, leaving an enduring legacy through the Rhino Ark Foundation's iconic Rhino Charge. The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit a number of checkpoints while travelling the shortest possible distance across difficult, trackless terrain, where speed is penalised.

In 1994, Stash, fueled by a passion for the environment, took the steering wheel of his 1956 Land Rover, affectionately named "Wacus," and embarked on a journey that would become synonymous with the Rhino Ark's fundraising efforts. His three daughters, known as The Girls in Pearls (Anula, Teresa and Maryjka), joined their father in the adrenaline-fueled quest to raise not only dust but also crucial funds for the protection of Kenya's mountain forests.

Car 47, "Wacus," became a symbol of commitment—a charging force for conservation. The Sapiehas, undeterred by the challenging terrains, raced not only for victory but for a cause greater than themselves. Their participation in the Rhino Charge event became a tradition, weaving the Sapieha name into the very fabric of Rhino Charge's history.

As the Sapieha family continues their legacy with Car 47, "Wacus," it's crucial to understand the profound impact of the funds raised through the Rhino Charge event. The adrenaline-fueled race isn't just about conquering challenging terrains; it's a lifeline for Rhino Ark's vital conservation projects. The funds are meticulously allocated to initiatives like the Aberdare Fence Project, water catchment area fencing, environmental protection, and community development. Every contribution is a building block for sustainable change, fortifying the delicate ecosystems of Kenya's mountain forests. Over the years, the Rhino Charge community, has collectively raised over 19M USD to fuel these projects and foster a harmonious coexistence between communities and wildlife. Your support becomes a catalyst for transformative conservation efforts, ensuring that the legacy of Car 47 drives positive change for the generations to come.

Join The Girls in Pearls in honoring the Sapieha legacy. Your support propels Car 47 forward, ensuring that each thrilling charge contributes to the safeguarding of Kenya's natural heritage. Together, let's continue racing for conservation—a journey where every bump in the road leads to a brighter, greener future.

Contribute to the Rhino Charge legacy of the Sapieha family—because in the race for conservation, we all cross the finish line together.

About the charity

Rhino Ark

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RCN 1047083
Rhino Ark raises money for the building of electric eco-fences around mountain ecosystems in Kenya, namely Aberdare National Park, Mt. Kenya and Mau Eburu. These provide an "ark" for wildlife such as rhino, leopard, elephant and mountain bongo as well as protecting vital upland watertables of Kenya

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