Cheetah Conservation Fund gets head start

Boost for the cheetahs: Kristofine Keendjele; Trevis Shivolo; Bruce Brewers (lft) and Dixon Norval at the handing over ceremonya

The Cheetah Conservation Fund got a hefty financial boast earlier this week when FNB handed over the first grant of N$400,000 to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CFC) of which N$ 350,000 goes towards the reconstruction of the visitor’s centre which burned down in 2013 while another N$50,000 will be used for the education programme support.

Dixon Norval, Head of Marketing and Communications at FNB attended the hand-over and said: “FNB Namibia is a leading banking institution within Namibia, and along with this success, a huge responsibility accompanies us as well, to play a part in the communities we operate. As FNB we value the creation of sustainable wealth for all stakeholder through innovation and empowerment.In line with our FNB value of helpfulness we agreed to assist the CFC with the continuation of the exemplary work they are doing in conserving the livelihood of the cheetah.”
Norval added that as part of FNB’s social responsibility towards not only the customers but also the Namibian public in general, the bank also looked after the focus area of environment and education. “One of these projects of course is the Cheetah Conservation Fund and we pledge to be part of a 3 year sponsorship obligation towards the CFC, sponsoring an amount of N$ 1.1000,000 (one point one million). FNB Namibia is proud to lend its support in making sure the CFC continues with their efforts to impact change and evoke care and compassion for our environment and the beautiful animal they look after.”
Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the CFC thanked FNB Namibia for their generous contribution. “With the support of FNB over the next three years, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) will be able to continue important environmental education to thousands of Namibian school children, livestock farmers, international students and the local community.”
In addition, CCF offers farmers training in integrated livestock and wildlife management, as well as non-lethal predator mitigation techniques including the use of livestock guarding dogs and income diversification.