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British cyclists fundraise for park rangers

Four cyclists from Britain arrived in the country a fortnight ago on a tour of nine countries in the sub- Saharan Region to fundraise for game rangers across Africa and also raise awareness on conservation of wildlife.

The four, Theo Bromfield, Will Addison, Charlie Rosse and Will Johnston, said they would like to raise $120,000 at the end of the three-month journey.

“We are cycling from Johannesburg [South Africa] to Nairobi [Kenya] for anti-poaching rangers. Protecting wildlife has become one of the most dangerous livelihoods on the planet as almost two rangers die a week worldwide and we feel this is a story that needs to be told.

“We have partnered with ‘For Rangers’, an organisation dedicated to supporting and improving rangers’ welfare across Africa. They specialise in making small donations in the most critical areas,” said Addison in Nkhotakota.

He said Malawi stands to benefit from the initiative as African Parks, who are managing Liwonde and Nkhotakota Game Reserves, are partners of ‘For Rangers’.

Addison said, during the tour, they will be shooting a documentary to tell a story about rangers, scouts and local people in the frontline against poaching.

“So far, we have raised $25,000 and all the money realised is going to the initiative as we have self-sponsored our flight and living costs. And, most importantly, the awareness is going on well as local people in the villages have been cooperative,” he said.

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