To this end, various charities and NGO’s have been supported over the years. This includes running charity quiz evenings of which both the Howick and Mooi River SPCA’s are beneficiaries.
Furthermore, Fulton’s School for the Deaf is another beneficiary through Rawdons ongoing support of it Pinetown Annual Charity Run.
In another exciting development, Rawdons has taken on Project Rhino – literally by the horns. From February, various menu items and drinks will be labeled and proceeds from these items will be donated on a monthly basis to Project Rhino, which is the umbrella body for 15 of KZN’s leading NGO’s in the fight for Rhino survival. Many of Rawdons suppliers are getting involved too, so keep an eye out for the progress we make. For more information on Project Rhino, please continue reading.
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY RAWDONS
As a result of the ever-increasing numbers of black and white rhinos being poached in South Africa, the need to pool resources and co-ordinate activities has resulted in KwaZulu-Natal’s leading conservation agencies joining forces to fast-track urgently needed anti-poaching and conservation interventions.
This association of like-minded organisations, collectively known as Project Rhino, allows for over-arching co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino populations in KZN.
The members of Project Rhino also recognise that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from poaching is symbolic of the threat faced by all wildlife, which will benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino. Furthermore it is noted that the poaching of rhino is indicative of the larger environmental crisis that South Africa is facing.
Project Rhino brings together organisations with a common vision and goal; identifies synergies through an integrated, common approach, and collectively, is a representative body which carries powerful leverage ability.
This provincial initiative has the full endorsement of Dr Ian Player, one of the world’s foremost conservationists, founder of the Wilderness Foundation and co-founder of the Magqubu Ntombela Trust, and widely credited with saving the White Rhino from extinction in the 1960’s.
Project Rhino also sees highly credible and long standing organisations speaking unanimously, as a way to ensure that the public and government are consistently informed of where their support is going and in doing so, unprincipled bodies have no space in entering the arena of rhino and wildlife conservation.
The founding members of Project Rhino include:
• Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
• Wildlife ACT
• Thanda Private Game Reserve
• Phinda Private Game Reserve (& Beyond)
• Zululand Wildlife Security Initiative
• WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
• Space for Elephants Foundation (SEF)
• Thanda Foundation
• Wildlands Conservation Trust (WCT)
• Wilderness Foundation
• African Conservation Trust (ACT)
• Zululand Rhino Reserve
• Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA)
• Wildlife & Environment Society of SA (WESSA)
• Magqubu Ntombela Foundation
Project Rhino encourages the involvement of like-minded organisations that have rhino conservation programmes as part of their core mandate to participate in this critical intervention and collaborate with the above mentioned members in the following areas:
• Increased intelligence – information and informant networks;
• Increased surveillance – with appropriate technologies (aerial, GPS etc);
• Increased field ranger competence (training);
• Increased advocacy (legal aspects);
• Increased communication sharing (central repository for information);
• Increased public awareness and education.
Project Rhino outlines the need to:
• Prevent duplication of projects / or fund raising events in KwaZulu-Natal;
• Create credibility within the general public through a common vision;
• Educate the general public & rural communities and produce generic releases for use by all members;
• Collaborate, support and promote each member;
• Ensure cooperation, coordination and sharing of information;
• Create a legitimate fund raising platform.
• Create a centralised communications platform to media, public, government and global like-minded organisations.
• Maintain records of activities and actively engage with each member, through conducting reviews, benchmarking successes and identifying
shortfalls in poaching interventions.