The black tie function took place on Thursday the 30th September at the Rosebank Hyatt.
Thanks to you, the event was sold out with 220 people. David OSullivan hosted the event and Vaughan De La Harpe, who initiated the event, helped, in all to raise approx R700 000 for the Kruger wild dogs project!
Frikkie, the Wild Dog, who climbed Everest with Vaughan sold for a staggering R125 000! Dont worry, he has gone to a good home!
We will be hosting another Wild Dogs dinner in Cape Town on the 18th November, if you are interested or know of anyone who would be, please email email@example.com for details.
Congrats and thanks to all who participated.
Our next big adventure will be our SKI TO THE NORTH POLE in April 2011. Sign up for dispatches in March! Thanks for your support as always!
Grant Atkinson generously donated this image for the auction.
Africa Geographic founder Peter Borchert attended the event:
“It was a great evening for conservation as some R400,000 was raised by auction to study dogs in the wild, particularly in Kruger where the population has plummeted from some 350 individuals to about 130. The idea is to fit dogs within the various packs with radio collars so the researchers can track their movements (especially when the animals (as they do) leave the reserve and enter farmlands where it is suspected that they are shot.
The framed print we donated raised R4750 and I donated a further R3000 on our behalf. The most successful lot fetched R135,000! It was a framed collection of Everest memorabilia (in an ascent last year the team took a wilddog fluffy toy with them to publicise the plight of the species). The climbing dog was named Frikkie and as a donor to the event we received a fluffy dog as well. He/she is called Dell. Frikkie-Dell”