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Friday, November 30, 2012


(Ray Phiri, a Wildlands Rhino Ambassador, performing with percussionist Dan Chiorboli at the fundraising event. Pic by Stewart Nolan)

Wildlands ‘Art for Conservation’ in association with Rhino Parade held a successful fundraising event this week when a spectacular array of celebrities, highly successful businessmen and women, organisations and individuals gathered to show their support for Wildlands Conservation Trust’s conservation work, including their popular Rhino Parade campaign.

Rhino Parade aims to raise the funds required to support Wildlands’ rhino conservation projects whilst also raising awareness about the plight of our Rhino. The Durban Rhino Parade saw four significant South African celebrities - Pat Lambie, Shaun Pollock, Chad Le Clos and Ray Phiri - step forward to endorse their very own rhino sculpture, which have been housed at King Shaka International Airport for the past few months.

The total amount of funds raised through the auction was bumped up significantly when Rhino Army, ( a merchandise partner of Wildlands, handed over a cheque to the trust for R150,000 specifically targeted at their Project Rhino Aerial Support and Project Rhino Investigations and Prosecutions Support projects.

Andrew Venter, CEO of Wildlands Conservation Trust, who also MC’d the event said: “It is so humbling to receive such incredible support for the work we are doing. We are particularly excited about the significant partnerships we are building, with the likes of Bonitas Medical Fund, Inhluzane Trust, Sunday Tribune and the eThekwini Community Foundation (eCF) being some of those, who all contributed to making this evening a record breaking fundraiser.”

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