Prince William is running for a good cause.
The Duke of Cambridge recently shared a video in support of his conservation charity Tusk Trust, which holds an annual run to raise money for the conservation of African wildlife. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the charity event is taking place virtually, rather than at its planned location in Lewa, Kenya. For this challenge, titled the Tusk Lewa Safari Challenge, supporters have been running, walking and bike riding at different places across the globe.
In the short video, the 38-year-old royal thanks participants and offers words of encouragement (peep his white Abercrombie and Fitch polo shirt).
“This is not a race, there is no stopwatch. It is our way of showing Africa’s conservation community that we’re all in this together,” William said in part of the clip. He also showed off his quirky sense of humor with a small joke about the African heat.
“I’m also about to do a run myself, as part of this virtual challenge,” he continued. “Like many of you, I’m very sad not to be able to do this run in Lewa’s beautiful surroundings—but also rather relieved to have been spared the altitude and the heat."
All funds raised from the virtual event will be donated to those who have continued to work tirelessly to conserve Africa’s wildlife, including the Lewa Rangers.
Considering lockdown has been affecting all of our waistlines (William’s words, not ours), maybe a run isn’t such a bad idea.