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Mike Against Poaching

Mike Against Poaching

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My name is Mike Wright and I am raising money for an anti-poaching unit that a friend is part of.

 

I recently posted a photo on Instagram pledging to pay R1.00 for every like that the post received; the post subsequently received over 11 000 likes, meaning that I am trying to raise R11 000.

 

The post came about after I watched a friend of mine dressed in full camouflage, wielding an AK-47 with a red-dot sight, and being weighed down by a bulletproof vest, set out on an evening patrol.

 

For many years I have gone to a game reserve near Hoedspruit. I grew up there during my holidays, pointing my infant-fingers at hyena and lion, unaware of the dangers that the bush presents.

 

I got older and became more vested in the bush. As my chiropractor told me today, there is just a brutal honesty in the bush. The brutal honesty is ruled by a natural food chain of which life revolves around. You live or you die, there is no real middle ground.

 

This brutal honesty stops when the killing occurs outside of the food chain. Poaching, specifically rhino poaching, often occurs due to non-diet related reasons, by non-food chain inhibiting specimens (foreign humans). Demand for rhino horn is leading to the poaching of rhino (naturally), and the animals are being shot ubiquitously. 

 

Not too many years before I watched my friend march into the thick foliage present in the December period, those who lived on the game reserve would have served as game rangers, carrying a hunting rifle for safety, possibly a Leatherman.

 

It was this sight of a fully militarised game ranger friend that made my head spin, and I realised just how desperately these guys need any help they can get. 

 

Whether the money goes towards training, aeroplane or helicopter scouting flights, or even just extra clean uniforms that will decrease the time pressures that they face in mundane daily routine, it will all go towards the protection of the rhino and, in turn, all other animals that live in the same area.

 

I know that my R12 000 isn't a huge sum of money in the larger scheme of things (with regards to the funding that other anti-poaching programs receive), but it is the most that I can personally do with the help of those around me

 

Every bit of money helps in this war against poaching, whether it goes towards weaponry training, petrol for surveillance flights, or equipment for those o the ground.

Donations

  • Feb 12, 2020 - R 110.00
  • "

    Well done for taking a stand against the poaching of our wildlife by raising funds.

    " - Jacky

  • Feb 07, 2020 - R 101.75
  • ":-)" - Noels

  • Feb 04, 2020 - R 51.41
  • "" - YOUR BIGGEST FAN

  • Feb 04, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "

    Great photo, great cause!

    " - Nicky Wood

  • Feb 03, 2020 - USD $ 16.76
  • "Late to the party! But still backing you! " - Megan Leslie

  • Feb 02, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Well done Mike! A great initiative and very creative of you!" - Mandy

  • Feb 02, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "May the force be with you!" - Pricey

  • Feb 02, 2020 - R 101.75
  • "Good luck x" - Izell

  • Feb 01, 2020 - R 508.75
  • "Well done Mike" - craig ormrod

  • Feb 01, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Well done you, and thank you to your ranger friend and his team." - Sue Welchman

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 203.50
  • "Well done doing this!!!" - Monica

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "

    Thanks Mike.

    " - Mulungu base hlatini

  • Jan 29, 2020 - USD $ 19.45
  • "You’re the best! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 29, 2020 - USD $ 39.88
  • "PB doing big things as per" - Anonymous

  • Jan 29, 2020 - R 154.23
  • "A hockey player with exceptional talents!" - JackT

  • Jan 17, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Your best publicity stunt xoxo" - merge

  • Jan 16, 2020 - USD $ 6.95
  • "For the cause" - Austin H

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 51.41
  • "Great things to come" - Amber Rawlins

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 20.56
  • "??" - Alex

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Keep it up my boy" - Ben

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 51.41
  • "You’re awesome Mike! " - Dani

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Absolutely inspirational Michael, Pepworthian backing you all the way!" - Sarah Pep

  • Jan 14, 2020 - R 508.75
  • "This country is in good hands for the future, young man. Wish I had more to offer to your admirable cause. All strength and good fortune to you. " - Gavin

  • Jan 14, 2020 - USD $ 13.09
  • "Keep at it boy!" - Hollis

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 51.41
  • "Keep pushing Mike!" - Willis Marais

  • Jan 13, 2020 - USD $ 26.17
  • "????????" - Emma Davies

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 50.00
  • "Back this so much." - Damian Martin

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "What a champ! " - Laura

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 20.00
  • "Good luck!!" - Rachel Kaps

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Must help Iron!" - Steak

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Musk Help Bike. " - Anonymous

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 20.35
  • "Backing you all the way boy" - Anon

  • Jan 11, 2020 - R 70.95
  • "Top lad" - Bert

  • Jan 10, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "First donation. Good luck Mike ????????" - Michael Wright

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 12 009.51

Fundraising target

R 12 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 3 500.00
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My name is Mike Wright and I am raising money for an anti-poaching unit that a friend is a part of. Due to the nature of the profession, I will not mention his name. The funds will be used to the specific anti-poaching unit's discretion, however, they feel the money will be most suitably used.