Saving rhinos one building product at a time

by Ofentse Sefolo
Saving rhinos one building product at a time

Joining the quest to save the rhino, Build it, a specialised building material and hardware group, is using its network of retail outlets nationwide to support and promote Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s sponsorship of SANParks Honorary Rangers.
The sponsorship, which comprises R3 million over three years plus a percentage of sales from SANParks-endorsed rhino products, is directed specifically towards rhino anti-poaching efforts.

“In our commitment to rebalancing the population against the threat of poaching we are able to help SANParks Honorary Rangers make up some of the shortfall in funds needed to combat the threat to an iconic African species,” says David Anderson, chief executive officer of Saint-Gobain.

“The R3 million donation as well as funds raised through rhino product sales go towards assisting field rangers, who donate their time to help combat poaching and who are in desperate need of skills development, legal backing, combat preparation and equipment,” says Anderson.

Rob Lister, marketing director of Build it, says the retail group is helping to further the funds raised for rhino anti-poaching efforts by bolstering the campaign across all stores nationwide. “At Build it we have strength in numbers, which enables us to support the sponsorship by promoting it through our stores,” he says.

Saint-Gobain’s collaboration with Build it is the start of adding other partners to the initiative.

Saint-Gobain Gyproc
Tel: 011 345 5300
Website: www.gyproc.co.za

Caption Main Image: For every SANParks-endorsed Rhino product that is bought, Saint-Gobain Gyproc contributes a percentage from the sale to the SANParks Honorary Rangers to make up some of the shortfall in funds needed to combat rhino poaching.

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