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Rangers in the wild face dangerous and demanding conditions. With your help, Veterans for Wildlife can provide life-saving support to them!

Veterans for Wildlife

Saving Lives in the African Bushveld with Your Support - Help us Deliver over 100 Medical Kits to Rangers

 

Veterans for Wildlife is a very unique charity in the conservation sector. We pair former military men and women with rangers on the ground in South Africa. These partnerships help both groups, as the veterans impart critical skills to the rangers, whilst the rangers and time spent in the bushveld have a lasting positive impact on our volunteers.

However, anti-poaching rangers in South Africa are employed in extremely dangerous environments. Over and above the potential threat posed by armed poachers, the rangers are exposed to multiple natural hazards. Patrolling at night and across arduous terrain, the extreme temperatures, poisonous animals, as well as big game are all a constant threat. What is more, existing medical evacuation plans in many locations are not suitably robust enough to extract injured personnel within the critical timeframe.

Thus, being able to look after oneself as well as one’s teammates is a critical skill for rangers deployed in the field. The right level of training, supported by appropriate equipment, allows rangers to provide immediate life-saving support to casualties and keep those casualties stable until they can be extracted to a suitable medical facility.

Veterans for Wildlife is directly employed in the provision of such critical training, through the deployment of highly skilled and experienced volunteers. All of which is overseen by our dedicated Project Coordinator, Paul, who is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as well as numerous international bodies. These medical deployments occur on a regular basis, for numerous organisations across the country.

But Paul, a former Royal Marine Commando, needs your help! A native South African, Paul Brodrick left his home country to join the British military and saw service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has most recently been passing on the benefit of his wartime and civilian experience as a Veterans for Wildlife volunteer. While Paul served with the Royal Marines in a front-line combat role, since leaving the military he has trained as a paramedic in South Africa, the UK as well as the USA. As a lover of wildlife and the African bush, Paul was keen to give someting back and help arrest the poaching crisis, as best he could.

In order to maximise the benefit of the training delivered by Paul and Veterans for Wildlife, the rangers need the right life-saving equipment. Just a small donation from you can help us achieve our target. Veterans for Wildlife is aiming to raise £5,000 this Christmas. This sum will allow us to purchase over 110 individual field medical kits for rangers, which includes the essentials for not only bleeding control, but also airway maintenance, CPR, burns and minor wounds. It comes in a zippered, MOLLE compatible pouch with room for additional supplies.

 

This equipment will be donated directly to rangers living and working in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa - the frontline in the fight to save rhinos and other extremely vulnerable species from extinction.

"I wanted to do my bit and to empower the people who are tasked with trying to curb poaching. These men and women are ultimately in a similar role to what people like me have done in Iraq and Afghanistan - they are put in harm’s way as the line between the animals they’re trying to protect and those who are trying kill them."

- Paul Brodrick

So, this Christmas, we at Veterans for Wildlife ask that you think of and support the rangers. Men and women who won't be at home with their families, but who will be deep in the African bushveld, risking their lives to ensure the future of the defenceless.

 

What we Require:

 

The Crisis in Numbers!

  • One elephant is killed every 15 minutes
  • 30 - 40k elephant are killed every year
  • One rhino is killed at least every 8 hours
  • 85% of rhino poaching in Africa occurs in South Africa
  • £42,000 / kilo is the average price for rhino horn
  • Global wildlife crime is worth up to $23 billion per annum
  • Rangers in the Greater Kruger face 100s of shooting incidents
  • Multiple incursions by groups of armed poachers occur every night
  • Rangers earn less than £300 / month
  • If a Ranger is injured or killed, there is no money to care for their families

 

Who are We Supporting?

Veterans for Wildlife is partnered with a number of organisations and reserves in the Greater Kruger area. For more information, please see our projects page here.

The rangers in our partner organisations are drawn from the local communites surrounding the Kruger National Park and, positioned against the South African-Mozambican border, are bearing the brunt of the poaching epidemic.

How Will the Equipment be Distributed?

Thanks to our relationships with these partners, Paul and the team will travel through the region in January 2018 in order to distibute the critical medical equipment.

The donations will be supported by regular follow-on training, in order to ensure that the rangers fully know and understand how to make use of the equipment when the time to act comes.

You will be able to follow Paul's progress here, as well as on Veterans for Wildlife's own online and social media platforms.

What is the Project Timeline?

  • 24 November 2017 the campaign goes live
  • 01 December 2017 our first weekly update from Paul
  • 22 December 2017 we prepare for the last week of the campaign
  • 25 December 2017 Christmas Day
  • 29 December 2017 the campaign officially ends
  • 01 January 2018 Paul gives a summary of the campaign's highlights
  • Throughout January 2018 Paul will be in South Africa delivering the equipment purchased and donated to rangers on the ground

Make a difference

Paul needs your help to raise £5,000. This money will be directly spent in order to purchase individual medical kits for the rangers on the ground. Of course, if you are not in a position to donate money, you can still help us achieve our aims! Equipment donations in kind will be gladly accepted.

How success will be measured

Success for Paul and Veterans for Wildlife ultimately amounts to how many lives we can save. The lives of both rangers as well as rhino and other animals. If we can raise at least 90% of our target, or match that sum in donations of medical equipment in kind, then we will have achieved our initial aim. Of course, we then need to deploy Paul and ensure that he has sufficient time on the ground to hand deliver and train the rangers on how to employ the equipment you all have helped us secure.

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  • 8 Dec 2017

    Paul Brodrick talks about the Christmas medkit campaign

    In this short video Ex Commando and Veterans for Wildlife Volunteer, Paul Brodrick, talks about why this project is so important and how medkits can help to save the lives of the rangers working on the front-line to protect some of the worlds most critically endangered species. If you're receiving this update by email you can watch the video by clicking on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T85g1o83h7Q or visit the Veterans for Wildlife campaign page and select the 'updates' tab.

  • 24 Nov 2017

    Campaign started

Veterans for Wildlife

Charity Reg No: 1167815

Veterans for Wildlife is an international charity committed to the protection of wildlife and the world’s critically endangered species. By deploying highly skilled and experienced former service personnel, Veterans for Wildlife aims to play a key role in conservation and the prevention of wildlife crime. As a people-focused organization, Veterans for Wildlife has two primary objectives: supporting conservation entities and rangers at grass-roots levels; as well as, the empowerment and development of veterans. By facilitating critical capacity-building programmes, Veterans for Wildlife aims to develop the skill set and operational effectiveness of anti-poaching rangers. These programmes offer a unique opportunity to veterans, transitioning into civilian life, to continue to make a positive impact on society.

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Donations

£227 donated of £5000 target
5 donors

The funds raised will allow Paul and the team to secure critical medical supplies for rangers in SA!

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Materials

0 itemsof 3500 target
  • 100 SWAT-T or CAT Tourniquet
  • 100 Olaes Modular Bandage, 4"
  • 100 EMT Shears, 7½"
  • 100 Nasopharyngeal Airway w/ Lube, 28Fr
  • 100 Laerdal CPR Face Shield
  • 100 Compact Survival/Rescue Blanket
  • 100 Combat Medic Reinforcement Tape
  • 100 Wound Closure Strips, 0.25" x 3", Sterile, 3 per pack
  • 100 Cloth Tape, 1" x 10yds
  • 100 Sterile Conforming Stretch Gauze (3" x 5 yds)
  • 100 Sterile Gauze Sponges, 4" x 4" (2 per pack)
  • 100 Water-Jel Burn Dressing, 2" x 6"
  • 200 Water-Jel Unit Dose Burn Jel Packets
  • 500 Alcohol Prep Pads (Medium)
  • 100 10-pack Triple Antibiotic Unit Dose Packets
  • 300 Sting Wipes
  • 100 Aspirin Tablets, Packet of 2 (325mg)
  • 100 Ibuprofen Tablets, Packet of 2 (200mg)
  • 100 Acetaminophen Tablets, Packet of 2 (325mg)
  • 200 Diphenhydramine Tablet, Packet of 1 (25mg)
  • 200 Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Card
  • 500 Rolled Pair Nitrile Gloves (L)
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