Park donates R50 000 to rhino preservation

Left: Linton Parks donation of R50 000 for saving rhinos was made possible by sales of the estates Rhino wine range during the previous financial year.

With International Rhino Day celebrated on Thursday September 22, Linton Park Estate near Wellington handed a cheque of R50 000 to Dan Fenton, of the Ngala Lodge at the Kruger National Park, during a special occasion on the estate. Dan is a well-known champion of the “Rhinos Without Borders” campaign.

Linton Park, with a founder’s history dating back to 1699, is part of the international Camellia plc business group with its head office in London.

Berenice Barker, Linton Park’s marketing and sales director, said:

“Here at Linton Park we have a sensitive ecosystem which is commonly known as Renosterveld.

“This distinctive South African type of veld which is very much under threat, was the main reason for us looking at preservation on a wider scale.

“Consequently we decided to get involved with the preservation of the rhino which is very much part of South Africa’s unique cultural heritage. It is unfortunate that the continued existence of the rhino on the African continent and in our country is in serious jeopardy.

“Linton Park makes this donation to contribute to the special cause for the preservation of the rhino. “We want to show our support for the invaluable work that champions such as Dan Fenton and others do in this regard.”

She said this donation was made possible by sales of the estate’s “Rhino” wine range during the previous financial year. The R50 000 has been accumulated by one rand from each bottle going to the rhino preservation fund.

“The public also supported us
by buying Rhino wines and
we wish to thank them all for making this donation possible,” she said.

Ms Barker also said it was a privilege for Linton Park to share in the fundraising drive by the local Hugo Rust Primary School in Wellington, whose 600 pupils participated in a coin laying event, also to raise funds for the Rhinos Without Borders campaign.

Dan Fenton was the guest of honour on this occasion, where
R4 500 was raised.