PHASA Press Release


Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:09




Johannesburg, 16 October 2013The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) sponsored 5 486 pencils and 642 pens for distribution by Toys for Africa in an event flanked by Golden Lions rugby players Willie Britz, Jaco Kriel and Hugo Kloppers as well as musician Ghapi and Kyknet presenter Marco Spaumer.

The pens and pencils were given to 766 pupils attending the IH Harris Primary School in Doornfontein near Ellis Park. The rugby players and celebrities are ambassadors of Toys for Africa and also assisted PHASA in upgrading the school’s vegetable garden. 

Following this particular drive, the number of children who have received a toy from Toys for Africa has passed the 87 000 mark as part of the charitable organisation’s vision of giving a new toy to every underprivileged child in South Africa. 

PHASA vice-president Dries van Coller said the organisation was delighted to collaborate with Toys for Africa again, having previously worked with the NGO for Mandela Day when PHASA sponsored 15 000 pencils for distribution among learners attending the Zandspruit and Masakhane primary schools in the Zandspruit informal settlement.  PHASA also sponsored over 11 000 pencils and 2 500 counting frames for distribution among 3 900 children living at Warden and the surrounding areas as part of that town’s centenary celebrations.

Van Coller said the sponsorship money was made available from the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund, established in 2003, which supports worthwhile conservation programmes and humanitarian efforts.  “We would not be able to give so generously had it not been for the donations from our members, their clients and international hunting clubs to our fund, which to date has contributed almost R10 million towards anti-poaching initiatives, research and training projects.”

“It is also important for us to instil a culture of wildlife conservation at an early age so that one day we can pass the baton knowing full well that this country’s natural heritage will be protected for generations to come.  It is also an opportunity for us to expose these youngsters to a possible future career in hunting, ranging, guiding or research,” van Coller said.

Photo caption:
(L to R):  Lions player Hugo Kloppers, PHASA VP Dries van Coller, Toys for Africa director Danie van Loggerenberg and Lions players Willie Britz and Jaco Kriel inside the IH Harris Primary school hall.

 For further information contact Dries van Coller, PHASA vice-president, on 083 251 4468.

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