Results from our gala dinner with Greg Chappell and Jason Gillespie

Hello again everyone, and thank you all for coming to our wonderful gala dinner/auction with Greg and Jason on Wednesday the 2nd of November.
Firstly, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and had a great time and learned more about our noble cause. Remember, 3 rhinos and 100 elephants are currently being killed each day around Africa!  Secondly, thanks so much to Greg and Jason for being our special guests and participating so well in the Q&A and then networking with the audience afterwards. Thirdly, we really appreciate the role played by Adam Shand of 6PR as the moderator for the panel show, with his knowledgeable questions.  And finally, yet another outstanding performance from our celebrity auctioneer, Tiny Holly, who worked tirelessly for more than a couple of hours to find new homes for an array of items – great job!

Our aim, as always, is to entice our supporters to give as much as possible so that we can keep supporting all our field programmes as best we can. We live in an amazing space in Perth and our beneficiaries are far, far worse off, suffering drought, heat, poachers and so on.  We really are in a position to help them survive so please keep the rhinos in your mind when you have a bit of discretionary spending power come your way.  Thanks.

So here’s how the fundraising went;

*          Main auction    —  $78,000

*         Silent auction    —  $14,125

*         Memberships   —  $1,950

*         Donations          —   $500

*         Other sales       —    $600

TOTAL              —  $95,175

Plus we started the day with a nett profit of $4,000 from the ticket sales after deducting the framing and preparation costs, and we also had 12 pledged expressions of interest (still  6 places available – attached) for our exciting Rhino Ranger Support Scheme, at $3,000 each, for a further $36,000.  This means that the total amount raised on the night was a massive $135,175. So thanks to everyone for such a marvellous night.

None of this would have been possible without the amazing support of a whole host of sponsors and supporters.  Our main event sponsor is Travel Directors, 92424200,  our official travel partner, who offer a wide range of group tours to all corners of the world as well as a full travel service for individuals and corporates.

Primewest property investors offer wholesale property syndicates and developments and donated some south west holiday packages. Howling Wolves wines offered you their range of whites, reds and sparkling throughout the evening and Gage Roads beers quenched your thirst from the first ball onwards. Picasso Print & Design did a mighty job with our 36 page catalogue, our 4 page brochure and 2 page RRSS flyer.

It’s a very big thank you to all of the above as well as to all the following businesses that provided auction items and support – Hyatt Regency Perth; Perth Audio Visual; Scruffy Dog Designs; Brinkhaus Jewellers; African Bush Camps; Singita Pamushana; Amalinda Camp; Sango Ranch; Ivory Lodge; Victoria Falls Safari Lodge; The Hide; Ngoma Safarti Lodge; The Victoria Falls Hotel; Top Gun Tyre and Mechanical; Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef; Kombi Keg WA; Injidup Spa Retreat; Regency Beach Club Dunsborough; Channel Nine commentary team; 6PR commentary team; Annalice Framing; Sword World and Mark Beamish.

Without our main buyers we would have been stranded so thanks to Clive, Denis, Domenic, Elizabeth, Evan, Jim, Linton, Robert and Syd.

And what a great group of helpers we had to set up all the displays and monitor all the payments – Barbara, Cameron and girls, Evan, Evelyn, Harrison and Guildford boys and girl, Heather, Julie, Kate, Katherine, Maree, Mark, Martin, Matt, Mike, Nia, Sacha, Victoria and Wayne – thank you all so very much.

We have a few auction items that didn’t quite make our expected reserve mark and we are now offering them again to you;

5 nights for 8 guests in Regency Beach Club, Dunsborough, pure luxury, valued at over $6,000, special thanks to Primewest, the donors. Subject to availability, not valid public holiday periods, school holiday periods or concert weekends

Signed card, 20 test double centurions – Including Bradman, S Waugh, G Chappell, Harvey, Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Smith, Clarke, Warner

300+ Club, signed photos of 20 bowlers and 2 wicket keepers with more than 300 Test dismissals, including Murali, Warne, Walsh, Kumble, Akram, Lillee, Botham, Marsh and Boucher

Australia team – WACA 2016, signed bat and balls

South Africa team – WACA 2016, signed bat

1x Security System Kit, fully installed, to the value of $2,000. Installation in a single storey brick and tile home in the metropolitan area – kindly donated by Ansa Global

A tour behind the scenes at Channel 9 Perth for 4, including a photo opportunity at the news desk – kindly donated by Channel 9

Replica gloves signed by Formula 1 Superstar Daniel Ricciardo

Please call me to discuss any of these items, thanks. 0417937655. We want to sell them, please!

Finally, if you still wish to buy our membership special, which includes a year’s subscription, a T shirt and a silver rhino lapel pin, valued at $70 and all for a mere $50, or would just like to make a tax deductible donation, then please email me to set this up.  Thanks.

Kind regards to you all, and thanks for everything,