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4 October 2014. This global awareness campaign is being celebrated in over 130 cities and towns around the world, including Africa, Europe, USA and Australasia.
In South Africa there will be marches being held in many of the major cities as well as in areas most affected by poaching.
Unite against Poaching will be marching in Pretoria. Our rhino Amarokie will be a key figure during the march and we are hoping that the Minister of Environmental Affairs and SANparks will also be a part of this march.
ARE YOU MARCHING???? MAKE your voice heard??
for details of the march, visit www.march4elephantsandrhinos.com
26 September 2014
Bryanston Country Club Golf Captains took a huge stand against rhino poaching this year. The Golf Captain's charity is annually nominated by the Golf captains and their committees. This year the recipient of this hugely successful charity drive was Unite against Poaching.
Significantly September 22nd is world Rhino Day and the week ended on a very high note for the charity drive of the Bryanston Country Club.
At the monthly lucky draw evening, the Men's and Ladies Golf Captains, handed over a cheque for a staggering R 220 000 to be used in the fight against poaching within SANParks. This very generous donation was the result of various charity drives held throughout the year and the response from all the members of the Bryanston Country Club has been overwhelming. Their generosity was encouraged by fundraising chairperson Romy Davis who was relentless in extricating funds from the always obliging Bryanston Club members and their guests.
At the handover, the cheque was received by Snowy Botha, Vice chairman of the Conservation Services of the SANParks Honorary Rangers. Unite against Poaching partner with the SANParks Honorary Rangers to ensure that 100% of the funds are used effectively and efficiently in anti poaching projects within SANParks.
Snowy Botha (SANParks Honorary Rangers), Francois van der Merwe (Men's Captain),Linda Joyce (Unite against Poaching), Helen Kirstein (Ladies' Captain), Romy Davis (Fundraising co ordinator), Andre Grobler (Strijdom Park VW)
Unite against Poaching are honoured and extremely grateful to the whole Bryanston Country Club for their very generous support in the war against poaching and the preservation of our national heritage.
Unitrans Volkswagen re-affirmed its commitment in the fight against rhino poaching with the signing of a new sponsorship agreement with the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria today.
South Africa is home to approximately 22 000 white and black rhinoceros of which more than 10 000 are found in the Kruger National Park. This represents around 70% of the world’s total rhino population. The South African population is one of the last viable rhino populations in the world, which makes its survival crucial.
The Unite Against Poaching initiative has contributed almost R7 million to the SANParks’ counter poaching effort over the past three years.
“As the SANParks Honorary Rangers we are very excited about the continued relationship with Unitrans. It is partnerships of this nature that allows us to provide the desperately needed support in terms of training and equipment to the counter poaching teams who are in the bush at this very moment. Unitrans Volkswagen has shown the true commitment of a patriotic company which is dedicated to look after one of our country’s most iconic animals and a valuable conservation resource” says Louis Lemmer, Chairperson of the National Executive Committee, SANParks Honorary Rangers.
Divisional Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen, Kevin Gillmer confirmed the sustained commitment to ensuring that the field rangers on the ground have the skills and equipment to allow them to continue their fight against Rhino poaching. “Unitrans Volkswagen, through the Unite against Poaching fund are honoured to have been able to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching, within South African National Parks (SANParks). Together with the SANParks Honorary Rangers we will continue to empower the dedicated field rangers in the protection of our rhinos.”
SANParks has called on corporates and individuals for extra support for the Honorary Rangers' counter poaching effort in order to assist its rangers in the field. The partnership with Unitrans Volkswagen is a great example of what can be done. Through the sale of vehicles by the ten Unitrans Volkswagen dealerships across the country, the company is able to sustain its support and make a major contribution in the counter poaching war.
SANParks Acting CEO, Abe Sibiya acknowledged and appreciated the re-affirmation of the partnership with Unitrans. “Unitrans Volkswagen is setting a good example of what other corporate citizens should be doing in securing the future of parks. We are truly indebted for Unitrans’ generosity and putting their money where their mouth is. Thanks again to Unitrans VW”.
“The time is now for everyone to Unite Against Poaching and help ensure this precious heritage for our children’s children,” concluded Sibiya. For more information visit www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za
(From left to right) Glenn Phillips, SANParks Managing Executive: Tourism Development and Marketing; Kevin Gillmer, Divisional Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen and Louis Lemmer, Chairperson of the National Executive Committee, SANParks Honorary Rangers at the signing of the new sponsorship agreement.