Anti-poaching event raises R80?000 for new tyres

2012-12-19 00:00

THE fight against poaching has received a R80 000 shot in the arm, thanks to the efforts of a group of residents in Hilton.

Known as the “Choir Boys”, the group hosted an event at the Pot and Barrel in Hilton on Monday where they raised the money to pay for new tyres for anti-poaching vehicles at uMkuze Game Reserve.

The group — Coenraad Vermaak, Clive Prince, Laurie Kelly, Martin Bam and Terry Hiltermann — exceeded by four times the R20 000 target they had set themselves to raise.

Hiltermann said: “We learnt that the tyres on the anti-poaching vehicles are not in good condition and they can no longer manage the terrain at the reserve.”

He said about 50 people attended Monday’s fundraiser.

“We managed to solicit the needed money through the activities we had, which included raffles and the auctioning of items that had been donated by local businesses,” said Hiltermann.

He said the money raised would buy new tyres for many vehicles in the reserve.

It would also assist in buying essential items such as torches and batteries for rangers.

“Currently the rangers are forced to change and repair tyres almost daily due to their poor condition,” said Hiltermann.

“We are now looking at making this an annual event to raise funds for these organisations to fight all sorts of poaching, because it is not only the rhino that are being poached.

There are other species of animals including wild dog and cheetah …” he added.

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