This year’s Rhino Charge held on Friday (June 3, 2022) in Kajiado County, raised a remarkable KES 156 million given the steady recovery Kenya is making from the depressed economy occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the second year running, the overall Rhino Charge 2022 winner was Car No. 38 entered by Sean Avery (Bundufundi), followed by Car No. 22 entered by Gray Cullen (The Smiling Shenzis), and Car No. 5 entered by Philip Walton (Team 5) in second and third places, respectively.
This year, 54 out of a maximum total of 65 potential competitors took part in the charge, due to a variety of reasons, including mechanical failure.
Prizes were awarded yesterday morning at a colorful ceremony held at the Charge venue in Mosiro, Kajiado County, attended by, among others, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust Chairman Peter Kinyua, KFS Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau and Kenya Wildlife Service Director of Partnership and Enterprise Edwin Wanyonyi (representing Brig (Rtd) John Waweru, the Kenya Wildlife Service Director-General).
The highest fundraiser was Peter Kinyua (Car 23) who secured KES 39,517,947 up from last year’s figure of KES 36,243,250.
The second and third positions were taken up by Adil Khawaja of Car 44 (AK44) with KES 21,733,677 up from KES 21,361,001 last year and Stanley Kinyanjui of Car 62 (Magnate Chargers) with KES 10,840,000 down from KES 11,713,500.
Peter Kinyua’s Car No. 23 scooped the Victor Ludorum award, which rewards winners for distance and funds raised, followed by Philip Walton’s Car No. 5 and Mark Glen’s Car No. 48 in second and third positions, respectively.
The Modified Class Category was won by Car No. 38 entered by Sean Avery (Bundufundi), followed by Car No. 22 entered by Gray Cullen (The Smiling Shenzis) and Philip Walton’s Car No. 5 (Team 5) in second and third places, respectively.
In the Unmodified Class, Car No. 9 entered by John Bowden (Gumtree 4×4) was ranked top, followed by Car No. 10 entered by Salim Walimohamed (Bush Rover), and Car No. 19 registered by Petra Somen (Bush Babes) in second and third positions, respectively.