I am extremely passionate about conserving wildlife, so when I first heard about the Rocking For Rhinos festival I was so excited because finally here are a group of people doing something awesome for an extremely good cause. If there is any festival in this country that people should attend, it is this one. Support Rocking For Rhinos 2013 – Make a difference!!!
ROCKING FOR RHINOS 21 – 22 September 2013
Rocking for Rhinos was formed in January 2012, consisting of four like -minded individuals who saw a need to create awareness and highlight the plight of our Rhinos. By July of 2012, the group had grown to eight extremely motivated, passionate and dedicated people, united by one fundamental issue; the now critical plight of our disappearing Rhino population and the war that must be waged against the poachers and ring leaders that are the direct cause of the demise of this gentle creature.
Rocking for Rhinos is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (Reg. No. 2012/104566/08), working towards not only the abolishment of Rhino poaching, but also the protection and management of the remaining Rhino population. We are based in Hoedspruit, a small town in the lowveld, surrounded by game farms and in close proximity to the Kruger National Park. Our mission is to do everything in our power to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching. This includes spreading awareness, placing pressure on local authorities and educating as many people as we can in order to create change. We will also raise as much funding as we can to assist the teams on the ground zero of this senseless war - Those who risk their lives daily to protect the rhinos and those who are involved in the capture and prosecution of the perpetrators.
The Rocking for Rhinos team are physically and actively involved in rhino conservation, from anti-poaching and road patrols to rhino autopsies, creating awareness, micro chipping and other rhino saving initiatives.
What better way to spread the message than by uniting artists from all walks of life in a massive drive to make a stand. Conservationists, Musicians, Artists, Photographers, Tattoo Artists or any artists with a passion for and a creative outlet for what is happening right now in South Africa. By uniting these artists we are sure to attract people from all spheres with the hope of spreading the message to Conserve, Preserve and Protect.
The festival will take place on the weekend of 21 – 22 September 2013 which includes World Rhino Day on the 22nd of September, as well as Heritage Day on the 24th 2013.
The festival will take place at Franklyn Park on the outskirts of Hoedspruit, which provides ample space for staging, exhibition areas, food & beverage areas, as well accommodation in the form of cam ping zones..
It is a secure, closed venue which will be dedicated to the festival for the duration of the event.
There are additional accommodation options in close proximity to Franklyn Park which cover all budgets from 5 Star to backpacker’s retreats.
Broadly, the focus areas will be:
• Raise as much funds as possible from ticket sales
• Bring national and worldwide awareness to the critical rhino poaching situation
• Put pressure on local and foreign players to stop the slaughter
• Combine trusted opinion with local talent to get the message across
• Create long term change
• Educate the younger generations who can make a difference
• To equip the Anti-poaching teams on the ground
• Promote awareness and accountability amongst the general public
• Contribute towards the stopping of rhino poaching.
Many conservation groups have made fantastic, whole hearted attempts to save the Rhino from extinction however, the dire situation still remains. Rocking for Rhinos wants to create a new platform to provide the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to become part of history to put a screeching halt to rhino poaching. It is time to make a change.
Conserve, Preserve, Protect
To the brave and extraordinary individuals and companies who sponsored our 2012 festival, however big or small your contribution, know that without each and every one of you getting involved we would not have been able to pull off this massive project. For a detailed list of sponsors, please visit our website @ www.rockingforrhinos.org
BANDS OF 2012
2nd Life, Silver Planet, Them Bandits, Borderline, Bite, Evolver One, Bluebird Theory, Facing the Gallows, Fuzigish, If 6 was 9, Man as Machine, Nova Rise, Agro, Wambuseun, Last Chance Ki, Bombs and Issues, Old Oak Tree, Stone Aged Souls, Tamla Kahn, *9#, Leven, Justin Serrao, Aiming at Shadows, Lucy and the Hex, Mad Love, Octainium, South of Nine, The Sunday Punchers, Climate Control, Kiss for Goodbye, Wysdiman, Zoey’z Fallacy, Poverty of Ideals.
As we are an openly NOT FOR PROFIT organisation, we will have to rely solely on sponsorship in order for the festival to take place. Sponsorship can be in the form of financial donations, products or equipment. We will gladly accept services related to the organization of a music festival, anti-poaching, rhino chipping, marketing, rhino autopsies, organization running costs etc. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly into rhino conservation, anti-poaching and to protecting the remaining rhino population.
ROCKING FOR RHINOS ORGANISATION RUNNING COSTS
Saving rhinos is not cheap, and up until now, we as an organization have covered all our costs ourselves. The organization however has grown to proportions where we are no longer capable of personal funding. Admin, fuel, phones, internet, printing, merchandise, meetings with corporate companies for sponsorship etc., is things that can make our organization grow exponentially, so it’s vital to our sustained rhino conservation efforts.
Sponsorship options goes hand in hand with marketing for your company proportionate and related to the option you choose.
Find out more about this initiative here: www.rockingforrhinos.org | Photos by: Jacqui Sive – Rocking For Rhinos