Rhinos have their very own Music Festival and it raises funds for their survival!


We stumbled onto this brilliant concept, a music festival designed to raise funds for Rhino conservation. The festival is called Rocking for Rhinos and it has been running since 2012.


Rocking for Rhinos has been supporting Rhino Conservation for years. The concept was thought up as a way to actively raise funds for charity while being able to enjoy good music. We were given the opportunity to chat with Craig Atkinson, a man involved in getting bands to join the festival.

We asked Craig what inspired him to join the Rocking for Rhinos festival and he said it is a cause that should matter to everyone.

“Rhinos are going to be extinct in the next few years if we don’t make a difference now. I’m just trying to slow that process down.”

Rocking For Rhinos was started by Gareth Putter in 2012 with a music festival in Hoedspruit. Craig joined the festival in 2015 and helped Gareth to secure bands that would create an interest in the event. They also worked to bring the festival to Johannesburg in the hopes that it would grow and become popular. Money raised from the event goes to various Rhino Conservation projects.

“Right now, the focus is on rhinos (because their situation is so dire) so some of our past beneficiaries include Rhino Revolution, Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, Balule Rhino Conservation Project and ProTrack Anti-Poaching. We want to help those in need so will allocate money as is needed.”

“We are also not solely confined to donating to rhinos. Should other conservation organisations also be in need, we will gladly help. There are so many species under threat – lions, elephants, vultures, giraffes – the list goes on. We want to help as many as we can.”

“We all have a responsibility to keep our planet safe and healthy and to protect those who cannot protect themselves. We are also happy to help any individuals who are starting up a conservation charity and we welcome anyone who wants to be involved in our campaigns.”

In 2017, the music festival donated over R800,000.00 to 5 different beneficiaries including the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage. Their 2017 festival took a bit of a knock but the team have become even more determined to succeed in 2018 and we fully support them. If you are keen to attend a concert or becoming a sponsor, you can find all the contact info below.

You can find out more about the 2018 music festival here and get directly in contact Craig via email here.

Sources: GTG Interview
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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