The Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai is grateful to receive a grant through the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) of R757 000 (Seven hundred and fifty seven thousand rand).
“The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) extends our deepest gratitude to the National Lotteries Commission for awarding the Trust a grant for 2021. In these challenging times when many of our financial models are impacted, this grant is very much appreciated and will enable us to continue our conservation and education work,’’ said Trust founder Wilfred Chivell.
This grant will support some operational costs as well as key projects that include the protection of the endangered African penguin; support toward marine pollution efforts through storm drain catchment nets; and invaluable community education. One of the Trust’s key projects is the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) which serves as a custom-designed, world class, marine bird rehabilitation Centre in the Overstrand area, providing temporary rehabilitative care to diseased, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds with special focus on the endangered African Penguin. The NLC grant will support veterinary and equipment costs, as well as project costs for oil disaster readiness.
The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development.
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust also thanks the Lottery Players whose participation in the National Lottery helps fund projects like ours.