Investec’s Russel Bradford is stepping out to protect two recent additions to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. Black rhino orphans, Badger and Phoebe, will benefit from Russel’s efforts to gather donations as part of one of the UKs biggest fundraiser, the London Marathon.
Phoebe was rescued in Kruger National Park in October last year and met her friend Badger a month later after he was separated from his mother and rescued from a cackle of hyenas, badly dehydrated. Once the rhino orphans were on the mend, they were introduced to
one another and have been inseparable ever since! Black rhino are on the critically endangered list, with only about 5 000 remaining in the world.
Although living in London now, Russel hails from Durban and, like many South Africans, is acutely aware of the issues surrounding the rhino crisis. Durban is part of KZN, a province struggling with poaching attacks, having suffered the loss of 222 rhino in 2017, second after the Kruger National Park which lost 504, from where Phoebe and Badger come.
“Having seen rhino in the wild many times, I know how impressive they are, and I feel strongly that more needs to be done. This opportunity gives me a chance to try and make a difference to the lives of two baby rhino who in time could be the beginning of a new family of black rhino,” said Russel.
Neither running nor raising funds for charity is a new thing for Russel, having run for Starfish in the past. The London Marathon will be his first full marathon but, having run more than five half marathons, he feels ready. Russel is aiming to complete the race in four hours, which should be achievable given his 1:45 half marathon time.
Russel has worked with Investec since July 2016 and works in the Projects team at Investec Private Bank. Investec Rhino Lifeline is very grateful for his support and wishes him luck with his running training and fundraising efforts.