The Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) was established in 1999 by Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (VFSL) together with Professional Guide, local safari operator and conservationist, Charles Brightman. VFSL, continues to be a major supporter of VFAPU and its operations.
VFAPU started off with 3 scouts, and thanks to continual assistance from AAT and a host of other donors, has grown to providing full time employment to 16 scouts. Working closely with Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, these men patrol in an area of 50km around Victoria Falls night and day; in effect, tangibly minimising poaching and building local community awareness and appreciation of the importance of VFAPU and the wildlife they protect. VFAPU is dependent on donations in order to carry out the role it has pledged to do. Anti-poaching is a dangerous and difficult task, with these men regularly putting their lives on the line.
US $11 000 raised by Golf Day efforts
Africa Albida Tourism, on Friday 27th September 2013, held the annual VFAPU golf day at the Borrowdale Brooke Golf Course, Harare to raise funds VFAPU. The event was extremely well supported with a full field of teams representing a full spectrum of Zimbabwe businesses teeing off in aid of VFAPU. Over US $11 000 was raised for VFAPU in the Golf Day.
A good turn out and generous support made the day an astounding success
AAT and VFAPU would like to take this opportunity to make special mention and give thanks to the golf day sponsors:
British Airways, Curverid Tobacco, Delta Airlines, Ilala Lodge, Wild Horizons, Cresta Hospitality, The Hide Safari Camp, Meikles Hotel, Mac Brothers, Big 5 wines, Astoc Leisure Group, The Butchers Kitchen, Millers, SWIFT, Vinsec Trading, Baldon Furniture, Westside Distribution, John Nixon, Ken Butchard, Delcardo, Car Track, Discover Safaris, Drum Cafe, Vayshalee Naran, Mike Danes, Lin Barry, Lessane Dunlop and Ryan Cairns. The day would not have been as successful without the fantastic contributions they made.
Lastly, sincere thanks must go to all 33 teams that took to the green in support of VFAPU and congratulations to Mischeck Mataranyika and Ian Gorowa who played who played a brilliant game to lift the VFAPU 2013 Cup.
If any of our kind sponsors and supporters are up in the Falls, please do come and check out the good work the golf day efforts have enabled VFAPU to continue to do.