"Earth Night" is a concept pioneered by the Wildlands Conservation Trust. The Durban leg was launched this weekend, 9 November, at the Elangeni Hotel with around 300 guests in attendance. "Earth Night" is an event that offers individuals insight into the conservation efforts of Wildlands and its partners, and is also a fundraising platform to assist with Wildlands' projects.
A standard feature at any "Earth Night" is an auction of around 15 lots to fundraise for conservation. The lots included travel packages, luxury holidays and art pieces. Another exciting item in the programme was the lucky prize draw (the prize was donated by the eLan Group) for the Praia do Cossa Hotel & Resort in Mozambique, and gave the winner ownership of a sectional title unit at this resort for 1 week for 15 years.
Another popular item that formed part of the auction was donated by retired cricketer, Shaun Pollock, who also attended the event with his wife, Tricia. The piece donated by Pollock was a Championship Trophy presented to him in 1999 by Standard Bank, for being the first South African to achieve the double of 100 wickets and 1000 runs in one day Internationals. This was the most popular piece of the night fetching R32000 which will be used as part of Wildlands' efforts to curb the rhino poaching crisis.
Wildlands were also pleasantly surprised when Craig Drysdale, Head of Global Sales for Thompsons Africa, handed over 2 cheques to them at the event. The first cheque was for an amount of R30000, raised by Thompsons at the "Tourism Indaba" and another from Goway for just over R53000 raised through a campaign 'looking out for Rhino.'
The 300 guests were also entertained by local artists Lauren Laing and Clive Gumede. The evening raised around R400000 for Wildlands, which will be used for their conservation based projects spread across South Africa.