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Media Release: Kruger National Park receives flood relief donation
Date: 1st February 2013
South African National Parks (SANParks) received a donation from Latest Sightings, a website where the public can share sightings. The donations were handed over at the Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Saturday 2 February 2013 to assist those affected by the recent floods in the park.
SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR’s) coordinated the efforts of Latest Sightings to gather clothes, food and sanitary items for staff members who lost their personal belongings during the floods. Nadav Ossendryver (16), the founder of Latest Sightings said, "I was so moved by the flood photos that the community sent to my website (Latestsightings.com) and my Facebook page (Latest Sightings – Kruger), that I felt I had to do something to help the SANParks employees that were affected by the floods, some of whom I know personally because of my many visits to Kruger."
The donations were collected at Kind David’s High School Linksfield on Friday 1 February.
The Land Rover Owners Club Southern Africa helped transport all the donations to Phalaborwa Gate in KNP. The schools involved with collecting donations are King David School Linksfield, Crawford College, Saheti School, Yeshiva College, Dainfern College and the Torah Academy School. Louis Lemmer, SANParks Honorary Rangers National Executive Committee, Public Relations and Communication, said "The SANParks Honorary Rangers is proud to work with the public, schools and other organisation to assist the people affected by the floods in Kruger and Mapungubwe National Parks. SANParks staff contributes so much to conserve our parks and make the stay of visitors to our parks comfortable and memorable.
Now it is our time to help them in their hour of need." The SANParks Honorary Rangers have opened a flood relief fund to raise funds for the relief effort specifically aimed at supporting the staff members who lost their belongings during the flood. If you would like to donate, please contact Louis Lemmer at Louis.firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.sanparksvolunteers.org/disaster
South African National Parks (SANParks) Communications, Tel: 012 426 5170
Laura Mukwevho – Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park.
Tel: 013 735 4262, Cell: 082 807 1441 or Email: email@example.com
Gabrielle "Gabby" Venter – Manager: Media and Stakeholder Relations, SANParks Tel: 012 426 5065, Cell: 083 825 9435 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org