Innibos kicks off with rhino-care donation

2015-07-02 21:01

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Mbombela - The annual Afrikaans cultural festival, Innibos, has been used to raise R120 000 to help orphaned rhino at the Care for Wild centre in Mbombela. 

The donation came after Trans African Concessions (TRAC) renewed their sponsorship with the festival organisers when Innibos started on Wednesday.

"We need to conserve what we believe is important. Nelson Mandela said that if you can’t stand for something, you can’t die for what you do. We have to promote our passion just like Innibos is doing.

"We can use the incredible platform of Innibos to promote conservation and attract people to the Lowveld to experience nature up close," said Care for Wild centre owner Petronel Nieuwoudt.

Nieuwoudt said youngsters should stop going to bars to consume alcohol, but should focus on making the country a better place for both humans and animals.

She expressed her gratitude to TRAC for their continuing support.

"I am really thankful for the generous donation. It is such a huge relief for me because the rhino need to be treated and fed milk, which is very expensive," she said.

Nieuwoudt explained that the donation will also be used towards ensuring the animals' safety.

"They [the orphaned rhino] need security because you cannot guarantee that after the court proceedings, the poachers will stop poaching rhino," she said.

TRAC chief executive Graham Esterhuysen said conservation should be prioritised.

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"I am very happy that we can assist those who are working so hard to conserve our rhino since conservation is of the utmost importance to us," said Esterhuysen.

TRAC and the Kruger National Park both have exhibitions at this year’s Innibos that showcase the importance of conservation and the positive impact it has on both communities and the environment.

Innibos organiser Sandra Jacobs said the subject of conservation and the environment is very close to their hearts.

"We are extremely happy to have organisations like TRAC and the Kruger National Park exhibiting and spreading the message of conservation at this year’s festival. Conservation can be costly and we are grateful for organisations that open their hearts to help conserve our national heritage," said Jacobs.

"South Africa has such a rich, natural biodiversity that attracts tourists from across the globe. It is important to care for the environment."

Jacobs invited everyone to attend this year’s Innibos Festival and enjoy the great line-up of artists and entertainment while supporting worthy causes. The show will end on July 4.

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