Chad needs no introduction, having won a gold medal in a memorable race against his idol, Michael Phelps, in the 200m butterfly at the 2012 Olympics in London earlier this year. The young, proudly South African swimming star, Chad Le Clos believes we need to protect our country's heritage.
Chad is hard working but also quite playful and mischievous, and obviously the apple does not fall far from the tree because both Chad and his father, Burt, have a fantastic sense of humour. When asked if and why he was proud to be a South African, Chad replied, "yes, very proud, I think the people in this country are amazing, except the poachers." A lovely light hearted attitude in amongst the "heaviness" of the poaching epidemic we are currently faced with.
Chad's rhino, which was designed to reflect him on both a personal and professional level, will be auctioned off at a high profile event on the 29th of November at the Durban City Hall, and all funds raised will go towards the conservation efforts of the Wildlands Conservation Trust and their strategic partners.
Chad's rhino forms part of the Durban leg of the RHINO PARADE. This is an innovative fundraising campaign based on the internationally renowned Cow Parade concept. There are 4 rhino in the Durban parade, including that of Pat Lambie, Shaun Pollock and music legend, Ray Phiri. The initiative seeks to raise funding for the war on rhino poaching by getting South African Ambassadors to adopt and help design a ? life size black rhino sculpture.
Rhino poaching has reached epidemic proportions with the statistics heading close to 600 before the end of 2012. Andrew Venter, CEO of the Wildlands Conservation Trust emphasized how important it was for people to join forces in this fight, "we recently formed a strategic partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) and African Conservation Trust (ACT) with a view to channelling our resources," commented Venter. "By standing together with ambassadors like Chad we reiterate that lawlessness and criminal activity will not be tolerated," said Venter. The partnership builds on the foundation laid through the establishment and activities of the ground breaking Project Rhino KZN initiative - .