Cricketers from all over the world will converge at Olpejeta Conservancy (OC), next week for a three-day tournament to commemorate the life of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino.
According to tournament Director, Rob Stevenson Cricketers to commemorate Rhino Sudan the tournament christened Last Male Standing Rhino Cup aims at raising awareness of the plight of endangered species.
Stephenson who is also the founder of the rhino cup in a press release said the tournament, which was established in 2015, would see 18 teams play 34 marches from June 15 to 17.
The tournament will see teams from Australia, South Africa, Mauritius, and England, participating along with local Kenya teams from Nairobi and Laikipia, Stephenson observed.
According to the Director, The Foundation for Youth Cricket & Education in Kenya, the Obuya Cricket Academy and The Primary Club of Australia are three high-profile charity-related teams that will participate in the event.
There has been a dramatic escalation in rhino poaching in recent years with over 7,000 rhinos killed in the last decade across Africa and shockingly there are now only two northern white rhinos left on the planet, he further observed.
He pointed out that the tournament was 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 the conservancy work.
He said the recent death of Sudan in March highlights the need to take action and support the conservancy, which is now home to the last two northern white rhinos left alive.
In the press release, Richard Vigne, the CEO has 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.
The 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, Vigne said.
According to the CEO he event organisers are hoping to raise more than Sh. 2 million from this year’s tournament to support Ol Pejeta and The Foundation for Youth Cricket & Education in Kenya (FYCEK), which helps to transform 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 organizations.
Source: Kenya News Agency