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Thursday, August 28, 2014

One&Only Cape Town to support South African wildlife

As part of a bid to avert a looming tragedy in lion populations all over the world, the One&Only Cape Town – in conjunction with the Forever Wild Lion programme of the Wilderness Foundation – has revealed plans to host a charity auction dinner.

The event, scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 18th, follows a similar event in 2013 at the luxury resort in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

That event netted the Foundation’s rhino protection campaign nearly R300 000.

According to the organisers of the event, lions guard our temples, adorn our flags, decorate our coins and capture our hearts.

On almost every continent, and in thousands of cultures, the lion can be found demonstrating man’s fascination with this magnificent beast.

However, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and other conservation sources believe that almost 70 per cent of lions in South Africa are bred to be hunted.

At the same time, the illegal trade in lion products has escalated to the extent that lions – like rhinoceroses – are becoming worth more money dead than alive.

The auction will take place in the resort’s ballroom with South Africa’s Reuben Riffel presenting a three-course menu.

Wines will be sponsored by Kleine Zalze of Stellenbosch and auctioneer Ariella Kuper will encourage guests to bid for items including a work by renowned British royal portrait painter Richard Stone, and a bespoke Nobu cocktail party for 20 people at the successful contributor’s home and a luxury weekend escape to the new Oldenburg Homestead in the Banghoek Valley.

Tickets to the event are limited and are priced at R750 per person.

All proceeds will be donated to the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Lion Programme.

To book for the One&Only Cape Town’s black tie event, email or phone 021 431 4511/5888.

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