Music festival pitches in for rhino conservation

2012-10-16 00:00

A MUSIC festival yesterday officially threw its weight behind efforts to beat rhino poaching by donating over R8 000 to the cause.

The Zini Music Festival held earlier this month in Mtunzini, which focuses on showcasing young and upcoming talent from across the country, officially handed over a cheque of R8 090 to an organisation known as Rhinoceros Unanimous, a group of concerned Richards Bay citizens helping to raise funds for the African Conservation Trust.

At the handover held in Richards Bay CBD, festival organiser Brendan Bristow said the donation was part of the music festivals’ outreach initiative.

“We have committed to assist Rhinoceros Unanimous in 2013 as we join together to beat the scourge of rhino poaching,” said Bristow.

Rhinoceros Unanimous member Marilyn Muller said the organisation was started in July by a group of friends who felt they needed to contribute.

“We felt we needed to do something. There were initially seven of us and we each challenged each other to hold fund-raisers with all proceeds going to the African Conservation Trust.

“Brendan came to us after reading about our initiative in the press and we were only too willing to assist him in raising money to help beat rhino poaching,” said Muller.

The African Conservation Trust, a registered non-profit organisation was established in 2000 with its main objective to achieve self-sustaining funding for environmental and heritage research and conservation in the Southern Africa region.

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