On 11th June, Five Saracens players successfully reached the summit of Africa’s second-highest mountain, Mount Kenya. During their climb, the team carried the Aviva Premiership trophy, which was won by Saracens this season, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds for the elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants.
The team, which included Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom, hiked 50km over 4 days and reached the Lenana summit at 4,985m, despite being challenged by the high altitude and difficult terrain.
“This is about the ‘giants of rugby’ protecting the ‘giants of Africa’. Having these formidable and inspiring players take on the challenge of climbing one of the highest mountains in the world, carrying a symbol of their recent achievement, takes us one step closer to achieving our goal – a world where elephants and the landscapes they depend on are protected forever.” – Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants
Funds raised from the climb will go towards implementing conservation interventions, which include the protection of elephants in the wild, the management of human-elephant conflict, and smart new ways to fund the maintenance of key elephant refuges – a ‘toolkit’ of methods pioneered by Space for Giants alongside partner organisations.
“Our aim is to unite many otherwise separate groups of people who together can accelerate progress in protecting Africa’s remaining elephants.
“We need key influencers, such as these world-class rugby players, to see what we are doing and why, and then to spread the word about what they’ve learned to their followers. We are incredibly grateful to Saracens and the players for their support.” – Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants
If you would like to sponsor the team, please visit their Virgin Money Giving page.