PHASA sponsors Toys for Africa with 15,000 pencils

The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) has thrown its weight behind the Toys for Africa initiative for the Mandela Day celebrations of 18 July 2013. The association is sponsoring over 15 000 pencils for the 2 000 learners of both Zandspruit and Masakhane primary schools in the Zandspruit informal settlement.

The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) has thrown its weight behind the Toys for Africa initiative for the Mandela Day celebrations of 18 July 2013. The association is sponsoring over 15 000 pencils for the 2 000 learners of both Zandspruit and Masakhane primary schools in the Zandspruit informal settlement.

‘Over the past decade, PHASA, which serves the interests of the professional hunting industry in SA, has contributed almost R10 million towards research, anti-poaching and training projects. Our latest initiative is a prime example of our commitment to our vision, Responsible hunting for sustainable life and livelihoods,’ says Adri Kitshoff, CEO of PHASA. ‘By partnering with Toys for Africa, we will make a positive difference in the lives of young children in underprivileged communities.

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As part of our social responsibility, we endeavour to impact the society in which we operate by enhancing the local environment and supporting skills development in young people. The contributions of PHASA members, their foreign hunting clients and international hunting clubs towards the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund have enabled us to contribute to this type of initiative,’ she says.

The mission of Toys for Africa is to hand a new toy to every underprivileged child in South Africa, and Mandela Day will see this initiative reaching 80 000 children. Toys for Africa ambassadors Bouwer Bosch, Xola Ntshinga, Francois van Rensburg, Mari Molefe van Heerden, Marco Spaumer, Esti, Thabiso Makhubela, Loui Fish and Marcel Caroto will also attend the celebrations to honour a true South African hero.

  • To meet the children in Zandspruit, contact Toys for Africa on 012 644 0116 or 082 303 7088 (Danie van Loggerenberg), or toysforafrica@twincitiessa.org; or PHASA on 012 667 2048 (Adri Kitshoff), or ceo@phasa.co.za.

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