The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: N$270 000 for Rhino Trust

SAVE the Rhino Trust (SRT) has donated about N$270 000 collected during the World Rhino Day (Sept 22), a day that aims to raise awareness of the endangered rhino not only in Namibia but worldwide.

Besides a donation of N$250 000 from Solvay-Okorusu, learners from three coastal schools, namely the International School of Walvis Bay, Private School Swakopmund and Namib Primary took to the streets of Swakopmund, wearing masks and carrying posters in an attempt to collect funds for the Trust.

In just over two hours, about N$6000 was raised. As a reward the kids were given a rhino postcard and a free visit to the Snake Park.

There were also three rhino trackers in town on that day to whom people could talk about rhinos and what the trackers' work entails. "They did a great public relations job for SRT as well as looking after the younger children during the street collection," said Sue Wagner, Fundraising Manager for trust.

The day's work ended with an evening function held at Swakopmund that was attended by about 100 people where a presentation regarding the plight of rhinos and the work SRT does was made.

At the same event, nearly N$10 000 was raised during a silent auction.

Solvay-Okorusu's Managing Director, Mark Dawe, emphasized the importance of greater Namibian corporate support towards SRT.

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