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Help us rescue Shongweni Reserve! #Shongweni67

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#Shongweni67

“…looking back on what we have achieved and forward to what we will achieve…”

A year ago the #Shongweni67 initiative was driven by Conservation Guardians towards reviving the Shongweni Dam and Reserve.

R40 000 was raised last year from the event, a far cry from the target we set of R350 000. This past year’s costs exceeded a million rand, with Conservation Guardians not taking any salary for their contribution.

We now embark on the challenges that face us in the second year of our tenure. With 25km’s of no fencing, no vehicles (other than our personal vehicle) or critical resources, we strive toward establishing a trained and skilled anti-poaching and theft unit that will curb the illegal poaching for bush meat that threatens the reserves wildlife. This initiative together with the sustainable objectives of establishing an aquaculture project in the reservoirs below the dam wall and making briquettes and charcoal from water hyacinth, will enable us to build our relationship with neighbouring community members and curb their impact on the reserve and its natural resources.

Losing wildlife to snares set by subsistence poachers is demoralising and despite having no government funding to rebuild our fences, we can make a difference and will make a difference by training and deploying an extended team of field rangers who remove snares and discourage subsistence poachers.

We need your support to implement the plan.

How you can support us:

On the 18th July 2019 Conservation Guardians  will kayak/paddle for minimum of 67km’s on the Shongweni Dam, in a quest to raise desperately needed funds for those basic needs we require to continue building the reserve and saving the biodiversity that few people recognise as the most basic foundation to the beauty we all enjoy.

Just as Mandela Day calls for 67 minutes of community work, so we are kayaking/paddling 67 kilometres, or more, and asking our supporters to donate a value per kilometre we paddle.

We ask you to take this a step further and to challenge your followers or groups to match your donation.

Garth Schonewolf has taken up this challenge and has committed to paddle a minimum of 67 km’s with us – we have his support, does he have your’s?

Join us on the 18th July 2019 and be a part of the change you want to see at this stunning reserve.

Your donation will help us make the change that is so desperately needed.

Interest in our progresses so far? Visit our facebook page Ntshongweni Dam and our Instagram profile Conservation_Guardians 

Donations

  • Aug 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you Sara and Greg" - Maclean’s

  • Aug 15, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Well done Garth " - B.E.Courtis

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Keep up the good work" - Sobey

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "This is a worthy cause. Your efforts are appreciated." - Anthony van Tonder

  • Jul 20, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Thank you for all the incredible work you do to keep this magnificent gem open & working. " - Kerry Ellis-Williams

  • Jul 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thank you,one and all." - Tim Moulds

  • Jul 19, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Keep up the awesome work guys! We can't thank you enough. " - Nick

  • Jul 19, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Letsdo our best to hang on to our "piece of paradise " !!" - Keith Lyons

  • Jul 19, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Good luck" - Sara Collopy

  • Jul 19, 2019 - R 3 000.00
  • "All the best with this fantastic initiative! " - Jason

  • Jul 18, 2019 - USD $ 18.83
  • "Thank you for fighting for such a good cause, keep it up and I hope you get lots more support!!! " - Hayley Nixon

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done fellas! " - Mark Johnson

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done guys. Keep up the great work." - Neil P

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "The glue that holds the reserve together!" - Kim & Wobbly

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 1 522.50
  • "You are doing good work" - FTB Finance

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Never give up" - Cheryl

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck, Garth. Great effort." - Gregg Daniel

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck" - Des

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Keep up the good work Greg and Sara. You guys are making a huge difference and it definitely shows. " - Sebastian & Burnadett

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Great stuff guys! All the best " - Mark Pullen

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 688.89
  • "Well done so far and all the best for tomorrow!" - Rob

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Wish you all the best for this initiative " - J Ferrow

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "Vamos!!!!!" - Santiago

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Garth and Greg" - Wim

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 22.75
  • "I was lucky enough to go there for paddling - thanks for your work! " - Lena

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "Good luck Garth" - Kobus

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for all the hard work!" - Simon Russell

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Great initiative Go Garth!!" - Steve Cooke

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best Garth. Great cause" - Liam

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Hey Garth... Give it horns. " - Mike Hutch

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Good luck Greg! Anriette & Sean Botha" - Anriette

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 11.38
  • "Excellent work. " - Anonymous

  • Jul 16, 2019 - R 344.45
  • "Excellent work guys. Good luck Garth." - Craig Greenland

  • Jul 15, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "Great effort" - Murray Mackenzie

  • Jul 15, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "Keep on with the tremendous work! " - WHITTONS

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Your efforts are recognized and appreciated. Respect . " - Maclean’s

  • Jul 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Garth - great cause!" - Gail Schonewolf

  • Jul 08, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep up the great work! Chris, Giba Rocks!" - Chris - Giba Gorge

  • Oct 19, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Thank you" - Wynne Landscapes

  • Aug 07, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "keep it up. it's resource we must preserve." - mark drummond

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Our protected areas need to remain that" - Janet Solomon

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Our world needs more hard working people dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources such as your group Greg....congratulations to you and your Team." - Anonymous

  • Jul 23, 2018 - R 6 710.00
  • "What a great project ! Community, Conservation and Canoeing, best wishes from the Southern Drakensberg" - Canyon Kayak Club & N3TC Drak Challenge

  • Jul 22, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Great stuff Greg and Sara." - Mark Pullen

  • Jul 20, 2018 - R 344.45
  • "Well done and good luck! " - Gavin Searle

  • Jul 20, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Thanks guys!" - Simon Russell

  • Jul 19, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Love this place. Save the reserve! - Calvin " - Calvin Strydom

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 68.89
  • "Fantastic efforts today. Well done. Hopefully we can save a gem!" - Tracy-Lee and Terence Galloway

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 171.71
  • "Massive congrats from Team Maxpaddle Factory Racing SA" - Team Maxpaddle

  • Jul 18, 2018 - USD $ 53.13
  • "You are an inspiration Greg, hope this contribution helps.." - SA Surfski.com

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck....super proud" - Lynda Lynda

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 274.53
  • "Well done Greg & Sarah." - Brian

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great effort for us all. See you later for an hours company on the dam." - Murray

  • Jul 18, 2018 - R 680.00
  • "Good luck" - Vern

  • Jul 18, 2018 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Amazing!!! Good luck and thank you for your efforts and passion!" - Hayley Nixon

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 206.67
  • "Thank you awesome effort " - Rubidge

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 359.87
  • "Great cause, great piece of nature" - Rob Soulsby

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "A beautiful place which our family has enjoyed for years! Well done Greg and Sara!" - The Seidlers

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck" - Des

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good Luck Greg " - Herman

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Well done on making a difference!" - The Smuts'

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "All the best, happy paddling!!" - FEZELA CANOE CLUB

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Good stuff Greg and Sara" - Neil Patterson

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 67.00
  • "Keep up the great work!" - Nikki

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Good luck Greg!" - Darren Berry

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 137.78
  • "A place of many memories and with this iniatve,many more." - Paul Scruby

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Our other home for many years - a place packed with memories for the whole family" - The Whittons

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 344.45
  • "A special place, thanks for the great effort!" - Terry Drummond

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "One of my favourite places ! Thank you for all your hard work ! " - Cam Hudson

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 410.00
  • "Such a good cause - we’ll handled it should bring communities together for the common good & understanding the necessity of conservation" - Peter Rowan

  • Jul 17, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Well Done Greg, and good luck with your efforts" - Pieter Botha

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Great Effort Greg, Sara & Team" - Gavin Jones

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Fantastic effort!" - Bruce Lovemore

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck" - Allan Hold

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done Guys, this reserve has to be saved, one cannot sit back and let it fall without a fight, a beautiful place with many great memories hope to keep this going for generations to come." - Jono Kelsey

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "I really hope we can secure this special place. If it wasn't for Lawrence, the Umzinyathi team and the beautiful Shongweni Dam, I'm not sure Katie and I would have completed our first Duzi this year. " - Kaylee Smit

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Go it beyond expectations !" - Bernard

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Let’s get back up and build it stronger :) " - Peter Cheadle

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 1 068.09
  • "Well done Greg, great work keep it up." - Chloe Bunnett

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck." - Rob Mousley

  • Jul 16, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Hooyah" - Cheryl Smart

  • Jul 15, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Save the Shongweni reserve !!!!!" - Glen Strike

  • Jul 14, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "One of the most beautiful paddling venues in the country. We cannot afford to lose it." - Colin Simpkins

  • Jul 14, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck & thank you for your efforts for Shongweni thus far. " - Jen Olbers

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Greg U ROCK! " - Barry Lewin

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.- Nelson Mandela " - Maclean’s

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Thank you, too special a place to lose!" - Melissa Aitken

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 688.89
  • "Well done so far" - Rob McInerney

  • Jul 13, 2018 - R 160.00
  • "Good luck!" - Nicolette Crozier

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 63 776.40

Fundraising target

R 350 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 10 000.00
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Conservation Guardians (CG) has been mandated to resurrect Shongweni Dam and Reserve by the local Zwelibonvu Community (ZC)