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The Hog Charge was the brainchild of Andrew Coates from Peponi School, Trevor Cussans from Kenton College, Ian Mayo and Mark Tilbury. The basis of the idea was to raise funds for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, via an entry of the Hog Charge Team (Car 35) into the Rhino Charge. The idea was to hold a mountain bike event and base it loosely on the annual 4 x 4 vehicle Rhino Charge.

The event was aimed at school children to get them actively involved in Conservation fund raising and in so doing, they would learn about the efforts to conserve the forests of Kenya, how to inter-react with sponsors, learn team work and also give them a Challenge when they took part in the event. Parents and teachers are also encouraged to take part.

The first Hog Charge was held in 1999 and attracted around 40 teams and was Kenya’s first mountain bike competition. It remains the only such competition for school-children. The Hog Charge is held usually on the last weekend of January on Sukari Ranch on the Thika Road; an extensive area of open bush that is the home to Brookside Dairies and Peponi School, who also co-sponsor the event.

In the 2015 Hog Charge event, 104 teams raised the magnificent total of just over KShs 3.4 million. Over the years, the Hog Charge has raised over KShs 37 million for the Rhino Ark and has been awarded the 2nd. or 3rd. Highest Sponsorship trophy at the Rhino Charge many times.

Contact:Mark Tilbury
Event Organiser
Email: info@eacl.co.ke
Mobile: +254 (0) 722515243
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hog-Charge/286750848659?ref=bookmarks