Town - Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate’s annual Celebrity Golf Day raised R120 000 for the Forever
Wild Rhino Protection Initiative, a programme of The Wilderness Foundation.
event played out on the championship Jack Nicklaus Signature course with a full field of 128 golfers, and attracted the support of
various celebrities, including South Africa’s top women’s golfer and Pearl
Valley ambassador Lee-Anne Pace, cricketers Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander,
Springbok legends Rob Louw and Tiaan Strauss, chef Reuben Riffel, television
personality Katlego Maboe and actor Neels van Jaarsveld.
Andrew Muir, CEO of Wilderness Foundation Africa, is proud of the
support and level of commitment shown by Pearl Valley.
“We can’t be successful
with our various projects on our own,” he points out.
“We rely on the support
and collaboration of our strategic partners to ensure that we protect this
iconic species for future generations. The
funds raised by the Pearl Valley Celebrity Golf Day will contribute to our
logistical and operational support for conservation and law enforcement
agencies responsible for rhino security.”
Muir, regarded as one of the
continent’s leading conservationists and social entrepreneurs, is
internationally recognised for integrating conservation with social and
Pearl Valley invited Bridge House
School in Franschhoek to participate in the event by means of an art project.
Under the guidance of David Fuller, the school’s head of visual art, 45 pupils
aged 12 to 17 crafted ceramic rhinos and seven large rhino sculptures, which
were made available for auction on the day and contributed to the funds raised.
“We’re truly thankful to the many celebrities,
event sponsor Abacus Asset Management, additional sponsors and role players for
their enthusiastic participation,” says Gawie Marx, Pearl Valley General
“The interest from various quarters in supporting this fundraising
initiative is clear testament to what we can together achieve for wildlife
Earlier this year, Pearl Valley, the top-ranked
residential estate in South Africa, became a conservation partner of the Wilderness
Foundation. Golfers have the option to add R10 to their rounds on an ongoing
basis, donated directly to the Forever Wild Rhino Protection initiative, while
exclusive golf-club head covers in the shape of a rhino can be purchased at the
on-site golf shop, with proceeds donated directly to the programme.
in 1972 by the late conservation pioneer Dr Ian Player (brother to
world-renowned golfing legend Gary Player), the Wilderness Foundation played an
integral part in saving the white rhino from extinction in the 1960s. Four
decades later, the Wilderness Foundation launched the Forever Wild Conservation
Programme in response to the growing rhino-poaching pandemic, which in 2013
expanded to include lion, leopard, elephant, gorilla and shark conservation