The Cape Leopard Trust Annual Fundraiser was held at the prestigious Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek. It was an evening of delectable food and wine with the purpose of raising funds for the project. Leopard’s Leap Wine hosted this exclusive 2012 Charity Fundraising Auction to help raise much needed funds toward their research and conservation initiatives in the Western Cape.
Prestigious auction items on offer demonstrated the enthusiasm expressed towards this worthy cause and the great appreciation there is for the important role played by the Cape Leopard Trust. Wilderness Safaris donated a magnificent 9-day luxury safari package to Botswana/Zambia; Londolozi Game Reserve pledged a 3-night holiday package, a destination well known for amazing leopard sightings; and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat sponsored a luxury 2-night stay at their glorious venue on the Cederberg.
The bidding was exciting as auctioneer guru Phillip Powell gently squeezed the last cent out of participant wallets. Further auction items included a colossal 18-litre bottle of 2011 Leopard’s Leap Merlot, a Boland Leopard Tracking Day Trip with Anita and Jeannie, including breakfast at Tokara’s Delicatessen, dinner at Pierneef à La Motte restaurant as well as one night’s accommodation at the exclusive La Motte Manor House, remarkable snow leopard photographs taken by world-renowned Steve Winter, Tokara Director’s Reserve Red wine as well as one exclusive Boland leopard adoption.
The Cape Leopard Trust raised R242 000 on the night. In addition, Woolworths donated another R61 000 on the night resulting in over R300, 000 for the event. All funds will be used to further the important work done in preserving the endangered Cape Mountain leopard and their environment.
Trust chairman Mr Johan van der Westhuizen and CEO Dr Quinton Martins thanked all sponsors, donors and dedicated individuals for their generosity in support of research, conservation and education.
For more information on the Cape Leopards Trust please visit our website www.capeleopard.org.za