In an effort to help protect wildlife, increase anti-poaching units, and to provide grass-roots education for local communities in Africa, I am dedicating my Spartan North American Championship Series race to the life-saving work of Soldiers for Wildlife!
What does this mean? Well, it means I am committed to sweating to protect wildlife as I conquer the 12 mile, 30+ obstacle course complete with rope climbs, miles of hills, a freezing swim, atlas carries, traverses, spear throws, and more! How did I get here? After placing first at Spartan Angel's Stadium in July, I qualified for the North American championship which I will be competing in on September 25th in Tahoe.
Real talk: I have been training hard, but what matters the most to me right now is raising this money. Why? Because all of the funds generated will be helping Soldiers for Wildlife acquire an extremely valuable anti-poaching dog named, Ocho! Ocho is a German Short Haired Pointer specializing in tracking humans and is currently being trained to safeguard populations of wildlife from poaching in South Africa. Right now, remaining cost estimates for Ocho's training and transport are estimated to be $5,000. This adorable pup is currently being trained in America before graduating and heading off to his forever home with Soldiers for Wildlife in South Africa.
How can you help us and this planet? By donating to this fundraiser, engaging with the work of Soldiers for Wildlife, and sending me all the positive vibes you can to safely and successfully conquer this race! It truly is up to each of us to fight back against those seeking to harm of our planet's most beautiful and vulnerable species. Their endangerment not only threatens future populations, but also valuable ecosystems that so many near and far communities depend on. Anything and everything helps Ocho. And I will be channeling all the energy you send as encouragement to keep going while I am out there sweating to protect!
OCHO, BRITTNEI, AND ALL THOSE AT SOLDIERS FOR WILDLIFE THANK YOU.
Please follow me on Instagram where I will be posting videos and pics of training for the race (@brittneirae and @soldiers_for_wildlife ). You can also check out www.whyshouldyoucare.org - to stay up to date on more wildlife information.
Check out https://race.spartan.com/en/race/detail/7370/overview if you want to learn more about the Spartan race on 9/25/21.
Soldiers for Wildlife is a 501c3 non profit working on the front-lines of the fight to save some of Africa's most endangered wildlife. This is achieved through the funding of private preserves, employment and training of local anti-poaching units, and by facilitating on-the-ground "conservation through education" courses. Together, Soldiers for Wildlife and I believe that if you're on planet Earth, you have a role to play in combating this crisis.