Behind every winner is a team, and for the fifth year of the Investec and St Mary’s partnership of the prestigious hockey festival, St Mary’s will be using the Festival to raise both awareness and funds for rhino. Since 2013, participants and supporters at the St Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival have raised over R258,000 for selected rhino initiatives around South Africa.
This year, St Mary’s have once again chosen to support the rhino orphans cared for by the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), a project of the Wildlife Conservation Trust. St Mary's festival organisers Ros Howell and Quix Quicke visited HESC late last year to see the rhino orphans supported by the Festival.
“Visiting HESC is a powerful experience. It really struck us that this could be the last outpost, the end of the gene pool someday. HESC is a fantastic educational centre and having seen the work they are doing with rhino, I feel hopeful - and even more motivated to raise money for rhino and wildlife in general, ” said Quix.
The hockey players lead the fundraising by each donating a R10 Rhi-note for the rhino orphans @HESC. But, because every rhino counts, every goal they score will count too, as Investec will donate R200 per goal to HESC. The challenge is on to Score for Rhino!
Spectators too, support all the way, by donating Rhi-notes, buying raffle tickets with amazing prizes to exclusive game reserve lodges and purchasing beautiful African beaded items, with a portion of sales going to HESC.
HESC cares for rhino orphaned and injured by poaching in the Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves. HESC is born of the passion of two inspirational women, Lente and Adine Roode, who continue to manage it and the wildlife in their care. Investec Rhino Lifeline has collaborated with HESC since 2016, and all funds raised by the St Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival go directly to supporting their orphaned and injured rhino.
Please support the St Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival players and spectators, by helping HESC to rescue and successfully rehabilitate into the wild rhino injured and / or orphaned through poaching.