Unitrans Contribution reaches R 6 Million
Unitrans Volkswagen is proud to announce their donation to the Unite against Poaching fund stands at R 6 million. This phenomenal contribution which is assured to fight rhino poaching within the SA National Parks comes from the company’s bottom line and is related directly to motor vehicle sales (both new and pre-owned) made within the Unitrans Volkswagen group of dealers.
In co-operation with the SANParks Honorary Rangers, Unitrans Volkswagen ensures that every cent of this bequest is used to fight poaching and that no funds are used for administration purposes.
When the Unite against Poaching trust was initiated in September 2011, the objective was to ensure that the rangers on the ground were adequately equipped to fight the ruthless poachers they were faced with on a day to day basis. There is no doubt that this objective is being met.
To date over R 3 million has been spent ensuring that the field rangers have the basic equipment which allows them to spend prolonged periods in the bush. A great deal of the funds have been earmarked to ensured that the rangers facing the poachers have been trained with the latest counter insurgency skills to successfully track and capture the poachers as well as making sure the forensic evidence to support successful prosecution is provided.
The trust fund has also been the major sponsor in establishing the Unitrans Tracker Hounds project in the Kruger National Park. These hounds have been identified as one of the pivotal tools in the war against rhino poaching and their deployment has already seen the successful apprehension of rhino poachers.
Unitrans Volkswagen has also stepped up to address the scientific requirement in the prosecution of rhino poachers. R 500 000 has been donated to the rhino DNA project , RhODISTM at Onderstepoort, which hosts the rhino DNA database for Southern Africa and provides forensic evidence for every single rhino poaching case in the country. Due to the critical demands placed on the genetic analyser by RhODIS, urgent repairs of R 40 000 were required which Unitrans Volkswagen have settled.
In conjunction with SANPark’s Honorary Rangers they have established a fund “Unite for RhODIS” and challenge other local and international corporates, schools and induviduals to support their anti-rhino poaching initiative and help raise the R 2.5 million needed to acquire a second Genetic Analyser for RhODIS to address the demand for forensic evidence.
To see how the members of the public can help in the war against poaching go to the Unite against Poaching website http://www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za
HOW IT WORKS
Unitrans Volkswagen will donate an amount of money to Unite Against Poaching for each new or second hand vehicle sold by one of their eleven dealerships.
The amount of money per unit increases as the number of units sold increase. Unitrans donates R100 per vehicle for the first 850 vehicles they sell per month. Between 851 and 880 vehicles they will donate R250 for every vehicle they have sold, counting from vehicle number one. If the number rises above 881 vehicles sold that month they will donate R500 per vehicle sold.
Please support Unitrans Volkswagen and in this way promote Unite Against Poaching.
If there is no Unitrans Volkswagen dealership in your area you are welcome to contact your nearest dealership. They are willing to deliver your new vehicle!
Remember, the vehicle you buy from an Unitrans Volkswagen dealership will contribute a few hundred rand and can potentially bring in a few hundred thousand rand extra to the counter poaching cause.