Hit The Green to Conserve Our Environment

Play your part in conserving Zimbabwe’s wildlife and trees by supporting the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit’s (VFAPU) annual fundraising Golf Day to be held on September 16 at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club in Harare.

The record $30,000 raised for VFAPU - which relies on donations to operate - at last year’s tournament was vital to its survival, and once again this year, every cent raised will go directly to the unit, as organisers, Africa Albida Tourism, cover the costs of the event. 

Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive Ross Kennedy said both sponsors and participants were still needed to take part in the event, which would ensure the continued success of VFAPU.  

Up to 144 players, making up 36 teams, will participate in VFAPU Golf Day, one of the most enjoyable and best organised events on the golf fundraising calendar, which will also include lunch, entertainment, prizes and a charity auction.

VFAPU has arrested nearly 700 hardened poachers, since it was established by local safari operator and conservationist Charles Brightman and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, AAT’s flagship property, in 1999. 

So far, the unit, which works in support of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, has also removed more than 22 000 wire snares from its operational area. In addition, 183 mammals injured by snares have been treated and released back into the wild.

Mr Brightman said according to the World Wildlife Fund, the illegal trade in wildlife was the fifth most profitable illicit trade in the world, estimated at up to $10 billion annually, which was why it was so important for everyone to play a role in fighting the menace of poaching.

It could be done by sponsoring a scout, donating equipment, volunteering, educating yourself about poaching, helping spread the word, or also playing golf.  The $30,000 raised last year went towards covering the unit’s $7,500 monthly operational costs, and also enabled the servicing and upgrading of their two-way radios.

VFAPU, which was established in an effort to fight the alarming levels of poaching, operates in a 50kmsq area around Victoria Falls, and has 17 scouts patrolling seven days a week, tackles all forms of poaching, including wood, bush meat and ivory.

For more information on VFAPU Golf Day please e mail: golf@africaalbida.co.zw