pumping legs for waterPumping Legs for Water is a two day, 100 km sponsored mountain bike ride, within the Main Camp area of Hwange! National Park. The event is organized by the Matabeleland branch of Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ) and profits from the ride go towards supporting WEZ projects, including the Hwange Game Water Supply Programme, which carries out repairs and maintenance to pumped pans within the Park, providing life-giving water to the animals there.

This year the ride will take place on Friday 25 & Saturday 26 July, with a briefing at Main Camp on the evening of Thursday 24 July, which all participants are expected to attend. The entry fee is $150. This is not a race. For safety reasons cyclists will be riding in groups of 20 to 25 riders. Each group will be accompanied by a leading and trailing vehicle with armed escorts. Cyclists must remain within these groups at all times.

WEZ is appealing to the public to support this event by:

Sponsoring the cyclists. While this is not a race it is also not an easy ride. The cyclists require to put a lot of effort into completing this ride; by sponsoring them you can! help make all their efforts worthwhile, as well as making a meaningful contribution to wildlife conservation

Donating prizes or goods. As this is not a race there is no winner but two trophies are awarded – for the person who brings in the most sponsorship (Best Supporter) and for the person who best represents the Spirit of the Ride. Prizes are also awarded to other riders for special achievements. Donations are also needed for the water points and catering, while goods which can be used by the Game Water Supply unit (such as diesel, engine oil, shovels or tools) are also much appreciated

Anyone wanting more information about the ride, or registration forms, can email pumpinglegs@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/153398851416956/

26 June 2014