This year, we have again had the services of our Australian Ambassador, Miranda Paech, from Victoria, Australia. Miranda works tirelessly to assist Drew and Carl with research, raising awareness, education, correspondence, social media and fundraising. She also looks after our Australian members and corporate sponsors, runs member events and fundraisers, and keeps busy with plans for future events and initiatives. Her and her husband Lyndsay are the proud sponsors of Rex.
This year, we welcomed our Blog Content Writer, Jane Alexander, from South Australia. Jane is a Pit-Track member and sponsor of Calimero, having seen him last year during her visit to the Timbavati. Jane is assisting us with writing blogs and newsletters, as well as providing support and assistance for other initiatives. Jane and Miranda have formed a formidable team in Australia and are working together to increase our support base and initiatives there. We also welcomed Suzette Mollentzé as our Head of Memberships. Suzette is also a Pit-Track member, who resides in KwaZulu-Natal. She has been a great help in streamlining our membership program and working on membership benefits, assisting with the Fund a K9 sponsorship initiative, and raising support and awareness on social media.
All three of these roles are voluntary, and we are immensely grateful for the time, care and effort that Miranda, Jane and Suzette have given us. They form an important part of our team and allow us to concentrate on our work on the ground in the war against poaching.
“We are so humbled by all of the support we receive from our incredible sponsors. It means so much to us to have all of you on our team. One Team, One Dream.” – Carl Thornton
As we celebrate reaching the end of a very difficult year, we must also pause to remember that the year that’s passed is one year closer to the extinction of our national heritage. Despite the huge amount of work being undertaken by organisations around the world, there is still more to be done to save our rhinos. The more time that passes, the more critical this work becomes. Carl expresses his gratitude, saying “We take this opportunity to thank all of the people working around the world to protect these special animals and all of the K9s and handlers on our Pit-Track team. Keep up the fight. You are warriors. Rhinos for our future!”.