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Vision and Mission Statement

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The Objective.

The "Kruger 100" Charity Challenge is working to raise much needed funding for some lesser supported organisations in both wildlife and human issues. Ultimately to assist in the protection and care of our endangered wildlife and their habitat additionaly also helping further research into curing two awful human diseases.

My Vision.  

“The Kruger 100 Charity Challenge” will be, I believe, not only a wonderful way to get off the beaten track and do something empowering, but to help, to learn, to share and educate others culminating in doing something hugely positive for the future of both us humans but also our wildlife and their surrounds.

 

Whilst we may not be able to immediately change things such as the indemic political hypocrisy we live with, our own greed as a species, stopping corruption or our seemly voracious appetite to consume and destroy everything out of our planet’s ecosystems, I hope that we can try to at least stem this tide of destruction and acheive something of worth for the future of all.

 

Our planet is a wealth of flora and fauna in which we as humans have been privileged both to share and get to the top of the food chain over millions of years. We are still fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful tracts of land of which some have become iconic regarding conservation. These special swathes of land were set aside for longevity and as a safe haven of its inhabitants, along with being and continuing to be an educational tool for us all, but are sadly now diminishing through our insatiable greed to totally ravage and rape the planet we live on.

 

Why I called it “The Kruger 100”.

 

Old Africa was an evocative place. Massive herds of wildebeest, rhino, elephant, zebra and buffalo traversed the vast savannah, unchecked by fences or political borders. This was the way Africa had always been, until rampant hunting severely depleted wildlife numbers. With dwindling game counts, swift action was needed to conserve this rich natural heritage. The idea of state game reserves had long been debated with the purpose of restoring wildlife populations by banning both public access and hunting. and a Col.James Stevenson-Hamilton who with the ear of Paul Kruger (the then president of the Transvaal Republic) first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884 but it took another 12 years to be proclaimed when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting in 1898 initially as the Sabie Game Reserve. Col Stevenson-Hamilton was the park’s first warden (appointed on 1 July 1902) and the National Parks Act was finally proclaimed on 31 May,1926 with the combining of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Game Reserves, "The Kruger National Park" was born. A mega wildlife reserve named in honour of Paul Kruger, for his contribution to its creation. (see the whole story in my "All about the KNP page)

 

Could you make a financial contribution or give a donation that can contribute to our project?

It may come as a surprise to many that whilst there are many differing wildlife and human disease research projects going on all around the world, actually nearer to the ground not enough is always getting done. My objective is to try and assist a couple of the lesser funded groups that are really making a huge difference right now on a daily basis. These projects haven’t got the big marketing budgets and corporate influence that many have but just tirelessly get on with the job in hand as best they can.

Every single donation this appeal receives, no matter how small, really will count. It is completely dependent on the generosity of your passion, loyalty, and continued support. Your donation will not only help us to help them but also hopefully make a lasting impact on the flora, fauna and the ecosystems they protect and we enjoy, alongside aiding valuable research into chronically underfunded specific reasearch into two lesser know human diseases .

From donating, sharing and engaging in our social media to joining us at some of our events, I look forward to working together to meet the goals I have set…

 

Chris Edwards 

Jan 2022

Founder of “The Kruger 100” Charity Challenge

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