Charity golf event raises R26 000 for rhino cause

2017-11-22 06:00
Co-owner of Barney's Tavern, Craig Mittens, hands over a cheque for just over R26 000 to Richard Pearse, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, which was this year’s recipient of the Barney's Charity Golf Day. From left are Richard Pearse (Chipembere Rhino Foundation), Craig Mittens (Barney's) and Wayne Bolton (One Land Love It).     Photo: SUPPLIED

Co-owner of Barney's Tavern, Craig Mittens, hands over a cheque for just over R26 000 to Richard Pearse, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, which was this year’s recipient of the Barney's Charity Golf Day. From left are Richard Pearse (Chipembere Rhino Foundation), Craig Mittens (Barney's) and Wayne Bolton (One Land Love It). Photo: SUPPLIED

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RHINO conservation received a welcome boost when the annual Barney’s Charity Golf Day raised a staggering R26 625 for the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.

The golf day event was held on November 2 at the Humewood Golf Club and was attended by OLLI, a life-sized fibreglass rhino.

“Thanks to all the participants, we were able to raise funds for this year’s charity recipient, the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, a local registered non-profit and public benefit organisation working to protect and preserve the diminishing number of rhino in Southern Africa,” said Craig Mittens, co-owner of Barney’s Tavern.

After a very successful first Charity Golf Day held in May last year, in aid of the Walmer Angel Project, Barney’s Tavern decided to make it an annual event.

“The aim of the golf day is to support a different charity each year, thus, giving back to the community that we live in,” added Mittens.

“A friend of ours, Greg Harvey from the local Wildschutsberg Game Reserve, recently lost five precious rhinos, which really brought home the need for aggressive and active rhino conservation.

“We are thrilled to be able to raise this donation for Chipembere.”

At the handover event held on November 10 the monies collected for the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) were officially handed over to Richard Pearse, a lifelong CRF volunteer, committed and trained nature conservationist and skilled specialist guide, who is part of the Game Rangers Association of Africa, FGASA and TACTRAC on behalf of the CRF.

“It is a privilege to be the beneficiary of this year’s Barney’s Charity Golf Day fundraiser.

“We also appreciate the platform to introduce our foundation and its rhino conservation projects to the participants,” said Pearse. “With the support of the community and organisations like Barney’s, every South African can contribute to protecting our iconic rhinos from poaching by professional crime syndicates, which drastically reduces their numbers and threatens their survival, a tragedy for these ancient animals and for all South Africans.”

The selection of CRF as this year’s recipient was inspired by the renowned SANParks honorary ranger, Wayne Bolton, whose enthusiasm for making a difference has touched the lives of many people.

Bolton, from One Land Love It (OLLI), and his family, created a rhino-poaching awareness campaign, in which three generations of the family cycled around the country, spreading the message that protecting our natural heritage is the responsibility of all generations.

“Our world is faced with conservation crises that see iconic species teetering on the brink of extinction,” said Bolton.

“If we can’t stop the relentless decimation of our rhino, what hope do we have for the future of our wildlife? Our #JointCustody campaign challenges ordinary people, businesses and organisations to collaborate.

“This generation holds the power to turn the tide against poaching. We have One Land – Love It…this is OLLI’s simple call to action.”

Brent Cook, founder of the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, thanked Mittens and his team.

“The money received from the fund­raiser is a significant boost to rhino conservation in the Eastern Cape and we look forward to applying it to our key projects that are growing and making an impact on the ground, where it counts.”

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