Expo organisers Practical Publishing and its suppliers have donated R10,000 to Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon and R5738,62 to Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre through their Step Up For Charity campaign.

Each year, the expo team and suppliers step up for charity at the Sign Africa and FESPA Africa Johannesburg expos. Participants used their cellphones to track the number of steps taken during the expo week. The initiative raised a total of R15738,62, with 1573862 steps taken over nine days of build up, the three-day event, and break down.

The Rotary Club of Knights Pendragon was chartered on 29 June 1989 with 33 founder members drawn from former Round Table members of various clubs in the Eastern Witwatersrand area. Worthy of note is that the club charter date is shared with the Rotary Clubs of Warsaw and Moscow.

‘Thank you so very much for your kind donation of R10,000. We sincerely appreciate  your support, which has endured for so many years,’ said Graham Wallett, Rotary Knights of Pendragon. ‘We are so grateful to you for these donations, which assist us greatly, as a Rotary club, to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate. It takes like-minded local community members, like yourselves to pull together like this; to succeed at this and we are so blessed to have your ongoing support.’

‘This donation will go towards a very talented high school student from a very poor rural background in Kwa-Zulu Natal as a bursary. Our club have already provided her first year’s scholarship funding and she completed it with outstanding results, and now we need these funds for her second year.’

The Dullstroom Bird Of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1997 and has been located at its present site since November 2004. The Centre’s original aim was as an educational centre, teaching members of the public about raptors and promoting an awareness of the raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species. The need for care of injured and orphaned birds of prey prescribed the evolving of the rehabilitation centre.

The Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre has been raising funds to build a much needed enclosure for the African Vultures.

‘A very big thank you to our suppliers who supported this initiative at our expo: EMC Event Medical Consultants, EXBS, Larouxnelle Logistics & Consulting, Lodge Events and ZF Cleaning. Without them it would not be possible to raise funds for Rotary and the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre, while we are all taking many steps at the expo. It is a great team building exercise,’ said expo organiser Charnia Yapp.

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