What "Pumping Legs for Water" is About
Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, Hwange National Park is more than 14 000km2 and does not have a lot of rivers - at least not enough to sustain the wildlife in the area. Apart from the few rivers, there are a few seasonal wetlands in Main Camp and Linkwasha areas of Hwange that fill up only during the rainy season, while others are fed by underground seeps. The rest are pumped via underground borehole, which requires fuel and regular maintenance.
Ten years ago, after years of poor rain in Hwange and the country, there was a need to provide more water as the animals had began to congregate only around the very few available water sources.
Organised by Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe with support from Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management, Pumping Legs for Water was born with the purpose of raising funds to assist with maintaining and developing water sources in Hwange National Park. The funds are strictly supervised and used to purchase fuel and spares, and to pay for maintenance of the equipment.
The event takes place over 2 days and mountain bikers from cross the globe ride through parts of Hwange - "The money raised from Pumping Legs for Water together with Wildlife Zimbabwe purchases has insured that Hwange National Park and its wildlife has been provided with much needed tanks, solar panels, tools, fuel, spare parts and borehole pumps" (http://www.pumpinglegsforwater.com).
This year's event takes place 28th and 29th July (See the Facebook Event).
To register, sponsor or make a donation for this important cause, please visit Pumping Legs for Water website.
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