On the 21st of August, Michelle Scott, General Manager of MORE Community Trust (MCT), along with our ever-dynamic cheerleader and host Warrior Rick (Ricardo Gressel) visited Jacaranda FM to chat to Barney Simon about the Extra Mile Race Sponsored By Investec Rhino Lifeline.
The Extra Mile Race was developed in 2018 to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Huntington Community.
“It’s really about bringing communities and conservation together,” says Michelle. “The idea is that we are able to fund raise for local communities on the border of Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park.”
The first-ever Extra Mile Run was a roaring success.
“Last year, with the money that we raised, we were able to build a new school, which was incredible. A village that didn’t have a pre-school before, now has one and we’re able to educate children,” Michelle enthuses.
Not only did MCT build a pre-school, but they also installed a borehole that supplies clean water to the entire village. Last but not least, they planted a vegetable garden in the area.
This year, MCT has partnered with Investec’s Rhino Lifeline.
“We are very lucky that they have come onboard this year to sponsor our event, so that all the money we raise goes back to our beneficiaries. It’s happening on the 21st of September. Come through to the Kruger for the long weekend with your family!”
The second annual Extra Mile Race will raise funds for Huntington Village, the More Community Trust Digital Learning Campus, the Water Project and the Endangered Wildlife Trust. This last cause is near and dear to the hearts of the MCT team, as raising awareness about conservation can be tricky in more rural areas.
“As they don’t have access to social media, and they don’t hear the information from the reserves, we’ve nominated five ‘conservation heroes’ from local communities. They are working in conservation, living conservation, and preaching environmental health,” Michelle explains.
The Extra Mile promises to be a great day out for the whole family. Attendees can look forward to food stalls, craft beer and gin stands, as well as a kids’ zone with play areas.
There are two trails for runners to choose from – a 21km and a 10km – that will take participants through scenic areas in and around Huntington Village.
“If you’re not a runner come and walk the 10km with us, or sponsor a community runner to run in your place. You can also attend a special fund-raising bush dinner, on the banks of the Sabi River. After a tough day of running (and some drinking at our beer tent) you can join us for a wonderful dinner. We’re going to have great entertainment, some speeches from some incredible people, and then we’ll auction off some fantastic items,” says Michelle.