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SOS Rhino : In the News: : Articles : BORNEO RHINO CHALLENGE UPDATE :: DECEMBER 2003


  SOS Rhino officially opened registration in May and after six months, the excitement is palpable as we promote the Challenge throughout the Chicago area and beyond.

Our first official registrant is Kerry Crosbie, who works as an Animal Keeper at Perth Zoo in Australia! Kerry, and her co-worker Clare (who hopes to register for the event soon!), have been busy raising funds to meet the goal of US$2000 in sponsorship. The first fundraising event they organized was a luncheon at a winery. In December Kerry and Clare will hold an indoor rock climbing night with a sausage sizzle. They have also been supported by zoos in the region ‚ one of which (Victoria) donated AUD100 from a conservation night they held at the zoo.

Dr. Pamela Lui, who is a physician for the womenís group of a Chicago hospital, is our most recent registrant for the Challenge. We look forward to updates regarding her fundraising efforts.

Save the Rhino International (SRI) has recruited four people from the UK to participate. Please visit their website at for more information on their efforts to promote the Challenge in Europe.

The Challenge is a 12 day event to be held May, 2004. Trek up Mt. Kinabalu and cycle along the northern tip of Borneo. There will be sites to keep you going and an opportunity, after reaching your course goals, to take in the cultures, landscapes and unique animals of the great state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Along the way you will get a personal introduction to the last of the shy hairy rhinos of Borneo.

Our goal is to secure 10 people for the event with partner, London based Save the Rhino, bringing in another 10 for a total of 20 participants.

The total cost of the Challenge including airfare and ground package is $4,000. The minimum sponsorship fee of $2,000 will go directly to SOS Rhinoís Sumatran rhino project in Borneo. Registration forms are available on-line at our website, Please note a deposit of $400 is due at time of registration to secure your place on the team.

For more information please contact Cindy Salopek at


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