MySchool Rhino Fund has helped fund the purchase of a Foxbat A-22LS aircraft for SANParks Kruger National Park in honour of World Rhino Day.
Tomorrow, the 22nd of September is World Rhino Day. The MySchool Rhino Fund have announced that they will be funding a Foxbat A-22LS aircraft for SANParks Kruger National Park. The aircraft will help the park combat poaching from the sky.
The MySchool Rhino fund was established with the help of conservationist Braam Malherbe. Funds are raised by consumers who’ve selected the fund as a beneficiary and then swipe their MySchool card with purchase.
“It is really important that each year, our supporter base grows and our fundraising increases. While good work is being done to improve the protection of rhinos, there are still far too many rhinos lost every year. Unfortunately, rhino poaching cartels are sophisticated and well-resourced, and our conservation bodies have to match this if they are going to be effective.”
“We’re deeply grateful to our supporters, and hope many more South Africans who care about rhinos and the environment will come on board as MyPlanet Rhino Fund cardholders in celebration of World Rhino Day this year.” – Braam Malherbe, MyPlanet ambassador
The fund has contributed R1 169 000.00 towards the aircraft. This new technology will help the unit to be more effective at monitoring rhino populations and movements over the vastness of the Park; identifying high risk areas due to high densities of rhino; monitoring rhinos in remote areas of the Park and increasing aerial patrols on the lookout for, or tracking poaching gangs.
Rhino killings in the Kruger have marginally declined over the last two years thanks to continued efforts.
“It just goes to show that when you have enough people caring about rhinos, in just one year of fund-raising you can buy a brand new, modern airplane to help the National Treasure that is our Kruger Park keep reducing rhino deaths.”
“Together, we really can make a difference, and I hope this inspires many more South Africans to sign up for a card and choose the MyPlanet Rhino Fund as their beneficiary.”
“Just by swiping your card every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen Foodstops, Bidvest Waltons, Flight Centre and loot.co.za amongst others, you raise money.”
“The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet retail partners will make contributions to the MyPlanet Rhino Fund on your behalf and in this way, you can give dedicated conservationists and rangers the edge in the battle to save our rhinos from extinction.” – Helene Brand, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet CSI Manager
Below are some pictures of the brand new plane, Braam with a Rhino and two of the Rangers with the K9 unit.
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