The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) handed over a new Ford Ranger to the Lapalala Wilderness School (LWS) to support the Capacity Development of its Community Outreach Programmes in the Mokopane area on Monday.
The handover forms part of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) commitment to the conservation and preservation of the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Established in 1985, the Community Outreach Programme enables LWS to impact on many lives in rural communities adjacent to the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve through its Youth Development Programme.
According to a media statement issued by Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan African Region on Monday the overarching aim of the project is to increase awareness of issues relating to the environment and sustainable development, and to encourage the children and youth to take positive action.
“The locally-built Ford Ranger, which is one of South Africa’s top-selling vehicles overall and in the light commercial segment, will be used to enable the project to go further and make a real impact particularly in the remote locations often associated with conservation and environmental projects.”
“For the past 30 years, FMCSA has been actively involved in the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. To date, FMCSA has invested almost
R40 million to support more than 170 conservation projects. The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) is a body that consists of FMCSA, members of Ford’s dealer network, and experts from the wildlife conservation sector. FWF is unique as it does not give cash to the projects it supports, but Ford Rangers.
The vehicles are used to help project operations, such as transport, helping vets reach sick or poached animals or translocating animals. The vehicles are monitored and serviced by Ford’s extensive dealer network to ensure they operate at peak efficiency,” the statement read.
Story: Herbert Rachuene