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Star rugby players reach summit of Mount Kenya with the Aviva Premiership trophy to help combat elephant poaching

Five Saracens players reached the summit of Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy, which was won by Saracens this season, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds for the elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants.

The team, which included Jim Hamilton, Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom, hiked 50km over 4 days, reaching the summit on the 11th June. All five Saracens players reached the Lenana summit at 4,985m, despite being challenged by the high altitude and difficult terrain.

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Artwork donated to Space for Giants

Born and raised in East Africa, artist Karen Laurence-Rowe has witnessed first hand the devastating effects of poaching and human encroachment on elephants. She regularly donates her artwork to help raise funds for conservation groups and as a result, she was the recipient of the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award in 2015.
Karen was the 2012 winner of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artists of the year award and the founder of the group Artists Against Extinction. She has kindly donated the proceeds of the sale of her work ‘A Space for Giants’ to us.


Karen says: “I love elephants and have done since ever since I first learned to hold a pencil. I think an elephant was the first thing I ever drew as a child, and even now, they dominate my portfolio of work.


“When the organisers of the Giants Club Summit first approached me, I was merely asked to lend some impactful paintings depicting elephants to create an emotional response to those attending.
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Press: Running for Rangers: Combating the African poaching crisis one step at a time

Running for Rangers are a dedicated group of individuals who run marathons and ultra-marathons worldwide to raise money for the welfare of these rangers. England Rugby Legend, Phil Vickery MBE, is an ambassador and Phil’s clothing company, Raging Bull, has provided the team with exclusive Running for Rangers polo shirts, which are being worn during the team’s most recent endeavor: the Peru Ultra-Marathon – an arduous 230km marathon through the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Running for Rangers is the first charity adopted by Raging Bull, a partnership born out of respect for the rangers and a love of animals.

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Evening Standard: Saracens stars tackle Mount Kenya climb

Five Saracens players have taken their Premiership trophy on a climb of Mount Kenya to raise thousands of pounds for an elephant conservation charity backed by the Evening Standard.

Mike Ellery, 26, Rhys Gill, 29, Jim Hamilton, 33, Nils Mordt, 32, and Ben Ransom, 24, set off on the 50km hike on Tuesday, playing matches en route.On Saturday they are due to reach the 5,199m summit of Africa’s second-highest mountain.

The teammates are carrying the Aviva Rugby Premiership cup, won in Saracens’ final against Exeter Chiefs last month.

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Aviva Premiership trophy to be taken to the summit of Mount Kenya by champion rugby players to raise funds for elephant conservation

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Five Saracens players will be climbing Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, carrying the Aviva Premiership trophy which was won by Saracens this season, in an effort to raise awareness of the poaching crisis and funds for elephant conservation charity, Space for Giants. Saracens, who are based in North London, are the reigning champions of the Aviva Premiership and the current holders of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

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#Conservation: Namibian rugby legend Jacques Burger to climb Mt Kenya for elephants

Rugby players led by Namibian Captain and Rugby legend, Jacques Burger, are heading to Kenya for a charity challenge.

The rugby players, which includes Mike Ellery, Rhys Gill, Jim Hamilton, Nils Mordt and Ben Ransom; will aim to hike 50km over 4 days, ascending 2,285M to 4,985M on Mt Kenya, coping with high altitude and carrying all their equipment, and finally at the summit they will play the first game of rugby at the peak to raise money for the protection of elephants.