Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sumatran rhinos conservation effort raises RM520,000

Kota Kinabalu: A total of RM520,000 was raised Tuesday at the Bornean Rhino Alliance's "Rhino Rescue Lunch" at the Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa - surpassing the original target of RM500,000.

The single biggest pledge came from the State Culture, Tourism and Environment Minister when Datuk Masidi Manjun announced it would give RM100,000!

Another RM100,000 came from two US Non-government-Organisations namely Shared Earth Foundation represented by its President and CEO Caroline D Gabel who pledged RM50,000. The other being SOS Rhino US which also pledged RM50,000 through a distance phone call from its CEO Dr Nan Schaffer from Bali.

Singaporean Datuk Edward Ong of Sutera Harbour Resort Sdn Bhd made his presence felt for the tourism sector with a RM50,000 pledge.

Eight Wildlife Department Bird's Nest Concessionaires from Sabah's East Coast represented by Awang Hohd Sah B Arsad sprang a surprise with a combined pledge for RM50,000.

Another RM50,000 came from oil palm plantation group Wilmar International Limited represnted by its Group Head-CSR, Jeremy Goon.

The group which owns a large plantation that borders the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, has been helping out on anti-poaching activities since 2002 with some 20 honorary wildlife wardens of their own.

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