Rhino Rouge raises funds for Rhino Ark in its critical effort to conserve the forest ecosystems and watersheds of Kenya. Without additional support and construction of fencelines along the boundaries, these forests will be rapidly destroyed and this important resource would be lost to future generations. We are currently raising funds to complete a 450 km fence, in an effort to protect the forests and wildlife of Mount Kenya from rapid population encroachment. Rhino Ark is committed to supporting the conservation of several critical ecosystems, the Aberdare Conservation Area and National Park, the Mau Forest, Mount Eburu and Mount Kenya. These are globally important forest ecosystem representing 7000 square kilometres of lush indigenous mountain forest. The waters that flow from these forests are critical to the survival of over several million people. The ecosystems also protect an exceptional diversity of plants birds and wildlife including some extremely rare and valuable species such as the mountain bongo and the black rhinoceros. Rhino Ark is a charitable trust working in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service. In 1988 it set out with its signature project, to build a 400 km of fence along the boundary of the Aberdare National Park. With the fence construction completed in 2009, Rhino Ark is now raising funds to invest in a management trust, which maintains this important fence and also provides critical support to the National Park and brings lasting benefits to the communities living adjacent to the Aberdares. Most of its financial support is raised through a unique and extremely unusual event, The Rhino Charge. Held at a different location each year, in a remote corner of Kenya. Teams must cross an extremely rugged and hostile landscape in the shortest distance and time. This often involves extraordinary skill and stamina on the part of the competitors and the toughest legs attract considerable spectator interest. The Rhino Charge event is a challenge to any vehicle. It requires team work, stamina and calculation. We ladies believe in a level playing field and compete in good spirit against gentlemen. We compete each year to raise the profile of Rhino Ark and the Aberdares locally and internationally. We continue to draw loyal following and awareness for Rhino Ark from our supporters, friends and families, giving one of Kenya’s last remaining forests a real chance of survival. We thank you sincerely. Rhino Rouge and the bright red Car number 17, of Tanya Carr-Hartley, is an all women team and has competed in the Rhino Charge for the past twenty-two years. We also have a gentleman’s back-up “reserves” team as well. It is always well placed and has won the Ladies event four times and the unmodified class 3 times. More importantly, we raise significant funds each year for Rhino Ark, more than US$200,000 to date.
The 3rd generation of Leakey palaeoanthropologists, Louise was born and raised in Kenya spending much of her childhood in the deserts of northern Kenya, uncovering clues of our past. Educated both in Kenya and in the United Kingdom, she completed her PhD at University College London in 2001.
Rhino Rouge Car 17 is a 1974 model short wheel base Landcruiser, with a 4200cc petrol engine. She was bought by Tanya Carr-Hartley twenty two years ago as it seemed like a useful vehicle to have around but she says that she always imagined that one day it would do the Rhino Charge. It sat in a garage for eight years, and then Tanya, six months pregnant decided it was time to do her up put the car to its first rhino charge run as Car Number 17! This was 2004. The car has competed in eleven events to date with an all girls team whose composition varies depending on whose having babies or is on safari or tied up with professional commitments. Also the boys “reserve team” has completed in one event and will return in 2016 for the latest edition. The team has won many awards in the event and is often well positioned in the final results: 2004 – Tanya Church, Julie Church, Colleen Outram, Kerry Glen, Alex Bell and Lucy Darch – raised KES 795,000 and placed 33rd out of 61 entrants 2005 – Tanya Church, Helle Sejer-Hansen, Julie Church, Colleen Outram, Kerry Glen and Lucy Darch – raised KES 1,625,000 and finished and placed 12th out of 57 entrants 2006 – Tanya Church, Helle Sejer-Hansen, Julie Church, Mary Njonjo, Gemma Lawrence and Colleen Outram – raised KES 2,105,000 and placed 8th out of 53 entrants. 2007 – Tanya Church, Helle Sejer-Hansen, Julie Church, Mary Njonjo, Gemma Lawrence and Colleen Outram – raised KES 2,550,000 and placed 15th out of 53 entrants 2008 – Tanya Church, Helle Sejer-Hansen, Julie Church, Mary Njonjo, Gemma Lawrence and Colleen Outram – raised KES 2,010,000 and placed 25th out of 50 entrants 2009 – Tanya Church, Helle Sejer-Hansen, Louise Leakey,
Captain and Driver Tanya was born in Kenya in 1971, and educated in Kenya until the age of 16 when she went on to complete her studies at Exeter University in Fine art and English. Tanya then returned to Kenya after her studies to work for various art galleries and then on a private ranch where, with her husband, they turned their creative skills into building.
I lived Africa for the first fourteen years of my life – Kenya, The Gambia and Liberia. My later education I completed in Surrey and also the University in London (UCL) where I read Modern European Studies. Here I played Women’s Rugby was very involved in university sports.
Front Runner Julie Johnstone (nee Church) was born in Nairobi and is one of the world’s experts on coral fish. She has dedicated her career to the ocean and its issues over the past 15 years.
Gemma was born in 1982 and daughter to a safari guide, was brought up as a barefooted bush ‘toto’ in Kenya. She was sent to boarding school in the United Kingdomat an ealry age, hardening her up for the real world. She competed to a high level in hockey throughout school and university fuelling her competitive and team spirit.
In 2009 Jo moved to Kenya with her husband David and girls Lily and Molly. Since moving to Kenya Jo has been involved in various enterprises and currently runs a small operation selling Kanga bags, bags made from recycled materials and various other crafty type items. Jo was born in 1971 in Woodbridge, England. She schooled Amberfield girls school where on completion she nannied and included spending 6 months in Romania looking after impoverished orphans. For 15 years Jo ran the family business, Skipper Toys, located in Suffolk, England. Skipper was a traditional wooden toy manufacturing business focusing on high quality UK manufactured products such as the very successful pond yacht range. Following the successful sale of the business in 2007 Jo joined Utility Warehouse as a sales agent and quickly broke all company sales records being the first person ever, from within thousands of sales staff, to qualify for the marketing director bonuses with 2 years. 2012 was Jo’s first Rhino Charge.