WORLD CRICKETERS JOIN MAASAI WARRIORS TO KEEP WHITE RHINO BATTING ON
Cricketers from across the globe will join the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Nairobiâ€™s Obuya Academy for a two day tournament in one of Africaâ€™s greatest wildlife conservation areas to raise awareness of the plight of the near extinct Northern White Rhino.
Established in 2015, the Last Male Standing Rhino Cup will see 12 teams play a total of 22 short format matches over two days in June on a ground surrounded by wildlife and shadowed by the the snow-capped Mount Kenya to support the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy and Rhino protection campaigns globally.
â€œThere has been a dramatic escalation in rhino poaching in recent years with over 6000 rhinos killed since 2008 across Africa and shockingly there are only three Northern White Rhinos left on the planet,â€ says Tournament Director and founder of the Rhino Cup, Rob Stevenson.
â€œThe Last Male Standing Rhino Cup is about drawing on the global love for the game of cricket to help combat poaching of the Rhino and help raise much needed funds for Ol Pejetaâ€™s work to pursue stem cell opportunities to save the Northern White Rhino.â€
The conservation event is also a showcase for the global reach of cricket and the wider benefits that sport can bring.
In addition to the Maasai and the two-time winners of the Last Male Standing Rhino Cup, the Obuya Academy (led by Kenyan cricket legend David Obuya), the tournament will see teams from Kenya, the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), the Australian High Commission and a number of international teams made up of players from cricket clubs from England, South Africa, Australia compete, all supported by the Australian High Commission.
The CEO of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Richard Vigne, said he welcomed seeing cricketers from all corners of the world take over an area usually frequented by wildlife for a weekend to shine a spotlight on the conservancy.
â€œThe plight that currently faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet,â€ Mr Vigne said.
â€œUltimately, our aim is to reintroduce a viable population of northern white rhino back into the wild, which is where their true value will be realised, and the Rhino Cup is a great initiative to support this.â€
The event organisers are hoping to raise more than $1million Kenyan Shillings from this yearâ€™s tournament to support Ol Pejeta and The East Africa Cricket & Education Foundation, which helps transforms the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young Africans through sport and education.
All money raised from the event including player entry fees and public donations will be shared between the two organisations. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/lmsrhinocup.
The Last Male Standing Rhino Cup
June 17 and 18, 2017
Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy (Home of the last male Northern White Rhino)
Kenya - Rob Stevenson - [email protected] or +254 (0) 707 407 221Â
Â Australia - Nathan Dale - [email protected] Â or +61 (0) 400 101 020