Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest (14000 sq.km) wildlife reserve but does not have sufficient natural water supply to support the wildlife it contains. The natural water that pans within the park, which is normally fed only by seasonal rain, is now also fed by boreholes fitted with solar-powered water pumps year-round.
These solar-powered boreholes help the local wildlife quench their thirst during the warm seasons by providing them with a reliable source of water. This keeps the wildlife from migrating outside of their safe territory, where the danger of poachers who lure and prey on these wild animals exists.
In 2008, an annual cycling fundraising event was introduced through the organization “W.E.Z” with the intention of raising money for the support and maintenance of the vital water supply to Hwange’s wildlife. The event has been running successfully now for several years and is known as PLFW or Pumping Legs for Water (www.wezmat.org and www.facebook.com/PLFWZ).
Sineria has been involved in sponsoring these successful cycling events. Money raised helps to maintain and further develop this incredible initiative.