Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ANNOUNCING THE FLIGHT FOR THE PLIGHT II

ANNOUNCING THE FLIGHT FOR THE PLIGHT II

The Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST) is excited to announce the scheduling of its second Flight for the Plight of the Cape Griffon Vulture, a biennial international hang gliding and paragliding fundraiser in Namibia, Africa. This year's Flight will take place from October 14 - 23, 2003, and will raise funds for Namibia's most endangered species, the Cape Griffon Vulture (Gyps coprotheres).

(PRWEB) May 7, 2003

The Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST) is excited to announce the scheduling of its second Flight for the Plight of the Cape Griffon Vulture, a biennial international hang gliding and paragliding fundraiser in Namibia, Africa. This year's Flight will take place from October 14 - 23, 2003, and will raise funds for Namibia's most endangered species, the Cape Griffon Vulture (Gyps coprotheres).

THE PLIGHT

We must act to save this species from extinction now! The Cape Griffon Vulture is endemic to southern Africa and is experiencing continuous declines as the result of poisoning, electrification, habitat destruction and diet deficiencies. There are only an estimated 8-11 birds remaining at Namibia's last colony - the Waterberg Plateau Park near REST Headquarters.

THE FLIGHT

October 10 - 13 will be arrival and test flight days with participants arriving from all over the world at REST headquarters near the town of Otjiwarongo. From October 14 - 16 pilots will launch near the Cape GriffonÂ’s breeding cliffs at the Waterberg. Flight days will consist of downwind races with open distance in order to accumulate as many sponsored kilometers as possible and to add to the possibility of a pilot breaking a local or world record.

On Friday, October 17 we will hold a Community Awareness Fly-in day at the Otjiwarongo Airfield. The public and press are invited to visit and watch the pilots launch. There will be information on Cape Griffons and REST founder Maria Diekmann will be on-hand to answer questions. Nelson, RESTÂ’s educational Cape Griffon vulture will be on hand to meet visitors and show off his beauty.

On the 18th our pilots will depart on a cross country tour, heading towards Spreetshoogte, a mountain launch site in the south of the country and ending at the world renowned flight center of Bitterwasser at the edge of the Kalahari desert.

Two years ago 23 pilots representing 3 continents and 6 countries participated. Because the pilots and the vultures share the same air space and use the same engine - thermals and the sun, we feel that this is an excellent way to raise international awareness and to generate funds for this endangered species.

WHY YOU RECEIVED THIS LETTER

· Donor companies and individuals are requested to fiscally sponsor either individual pilots or all pilots for kilometers flown.

· Donations for the Flight in the form of goods and services:

Food & beverages

Camping equipment

Camping/Hotel Accommodations

Airline tickets (participants will be traveling to Namibia from the US, Europe and Southern Africa)

Vehicles for use during the tour

Petrol

Prizes to be awarded to the pilots (most kilometers, record breakers, best photo):

Hang gliding gear

Sports apparel

Film and camera equipment

· Media organizations - we need your coverage of this unique event

· Pilots, please join us on this amazing journey! More info will be posted on our website by May 1.

WHY HELP?

This is a marvelous opportunity to save this majestic yet misunderstood bird from extinction in Namibia. If we lose these vultures, it will be only the second time in recorded history that Namibia has lost a species, and the first species, the white rhino has been successfully reintroduced.

All companies that donate goods and services or provide fiscal sponsorship will be duly credited on REST's website, in the Flight for the Plight II program, and in any press material generated in association with this fundraiser.

Several international, regional and national television programs and flying organizations have shown interest in covering this event. If you provide us with your logo, whether on clothing, equipment, or a banner - WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT IT IS SEEN!

ALL FUNDS GENERATED FROM THIS FUNDRAISER WILL GO TO THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:

· Satellite telemetry collars for the ultimate flight - so that we can collect vital information on the bird's foraging, behavioral & social patterns

· Testing the birds for contaminates & heavy metals

· Photographing and expanding our 'vulture passports' so that we can positively identify the current population

· Supplemental feeding programs RESTÂ’s vulture restaurant and at the Waterberg Breeding Cliffs

OUTPUTS FROM FLIGHT FOR THE PLIGHT I - 2001

N$15,000 was earned and covered the cost of building materials for the vulture hides that international volunteer organization Raleigh International built for us.

If you have any further questions about this event or REST and its activities, you wish to sponsor a pilot or donate goods and services, or register for this event please contact:

Jörg & Maria DiekmannRESTPO Box 178Otjiwarongo, Namibia 9000T: 00264.67.306226Email: REST@iway. na Laurie CarreiraREST USA1728 N. Cleveland, #1RChicago, IL 60614 USAT: 312.573.1730Email: RESTafrica@aol. com

REST thanks you for your support!

REST

PO Box 178 Otjiwarongo, Namibia 9000 Africa Phone/Fax: 00264-67-306226 www. RESTafrica. org Email: RESTafrica@aol. com