The Trust is currently running more projects than ever before and we have had a busy but fruitful year so far, despite some big challenges. Our holistic approach to conservation is one that nurtures partnerships and we owe our growth and increased scope not just to the dedication of our teams and supporters, but to the strong partnerships we continue to forge in the public and private sector.
Our most successful 10to4 Mountain Bike challenge yet was held in February. The SAX sponsored event raised 5.1 million shillings this year, an increase of 1.9 million on the 2014 proceeds. Funds raised by the 10to4 are divided between our 10to4 dedicated tree planting project, our mountain teams, our education project and core costs. We are incredibly grateful to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants for making this hugely popular fundraiser for the Trust's work possible.
Fires dominated our activities in March, a stressful time for all, when illegal activity poses a dangerous, additional and mindless threat to the mountain's ancient forests. Though the threat seems to grow each year, it's clear that the communities around the mountain as a whole are now more and more willing to assist with fire fighting. This fire season saw hundreds of men and women take part. The joint fire fighting effort between the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service, the Mount Kenya Trust and communities was incredible. The support and funding we received from an emergency campaign and inputs from local companies and individuals from here to Nairobi, made it a truly Kenyan effort!
The pace at which Rhino Ark and its partners are progressing with the new Mount Kenya Fence project is very impressive, with nearly 100km of the 'total fence' already completed. We are proud to be a part of this initiative and grateful that the fence project allows us to concentrate on wildlife and habitat protection, forest rehabilitation, education and community support. This important intervention for the long-term alleviation of human wildlife conflict and forest protection give our field operations and other projects greater strength and sustainability.
There are lots of other exciting developments to report and we are indebted to all our donors and in-kind supporters for helping us to continue our important work.