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Honorary Rangers' Sunset Serenade celebrates 10 years

30 June 2009

The Counter Poaching and Ranger Support Services National Project of the SANParks Honorary Rangers celebrated the 10th anniversary of this special and popular event at Letaba in the Kruger National Park from 17 to 21 June 2009.

This “light classical music in the bush” event started in 1999 near Skukuza and has been held every year since (with the exception of 2000 due to the floods) in various camps such as Lower Sabie, Olifants and 7 times in Letaba.

It has proved to be very popular with members of the music loving public who in many cases have attended a number of times often inviting overseas guests to the event.

By all accounts the event is popular with the musicians as well, Peta-Ann Richardson-Holdcroft (cello) and Malane Hofmeyer-Burger (flute) have performed at all 10 events, other members of the ensemble have returned year after year. This is notwithstanding the wild “theatre” that they are expected to perform in with constant competition from birds, hippo and elephant that often simply get swept away and join in the chorus!

During the last 10 years, over 1 200 guests have enjoyed the exquisite soothing music in the most beautiful natural settings imaginable and the Counter Poaching and Ranger Support Services team have raised in excess of R2 million from this event.

All the funds raised go towards purchasing specialised equipment for the rangers on the ground and the Corporate Investigations Services who are responsible for counter poaching operations.

Congratulations to John Turner, Chairperson of Counter Poaching & Ranger Support Services, Margaret Stafford the event organiser and the Honorary Rangers support team who make this event as successful as it is every year.