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KP to farewell the Stars with Rhino Day at the MCG

25 January 2018

The Australian Rhino Project will team up with Melbourne Stars cricketer Kevin Pietersen (KP) to host Rhino Day at the MCG this Saturday. The game will support rhino conservation in Australia and will be the last game for the Stars this season – and KP’s last in his beloved green.

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The retiring international cricketer has a close connection with rhino welfare, having spent the past four years raising awareness and funding for rhino conservation across South Africa – the country in which he grew up - the United Kingdom and Australia.

“It’s absolutely tragic what is happening to one of the most beautiful creatures on earth,” Pietersen said.

“We’ve raised over $100,000 (AUD) across two cricket games for rhino conservation, and while there is more to be done on Rhino Day, I’m thrilled that all the hard work is starting to have an impact.

“I get approached on the streets, I get approached at airports now and people talk to me about rhinos before they talk cricket, which makes me so happy.”

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Melbourne Stars principal partner Optus will donate $1 from every ticket sold to The Australian Rhino Project, with funds raised from the event to go towards plans to continue building the existing rhino population and creating a secure home for them in Australia.

Victorian based architect Matt Hill will also showcase a life-sized rhino sculpture “Hope” at the MCG to raise further awareness and support for saving the rhinos.

Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper said the event was an important one.

“We’re delighted to bring together The Australian Rhino Project, KP, Optus and the Melbourne Stars to once again promote rhino conservation,” said.

“Rhino Day is one of a number of important community initiatives that form part of the Melbourne Stars Community Program, and we’re thrilled to support it for the second successive year.”

Optus Managing Director of Marketing and Product Ben White said:

“It’s wonderful that we can extend our partnership with the Melbourne Stars to support the fantastic work both Kevin and The Australian Rhino Project are doing.

“We’re proud to provide Stars fans with the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to this cause, with Optus donating $1 to every ticket sold.”

The Australian Rhino Project was developed by a team of passionate individuals with personal connections to South Africa and the rhino. Working alongside a team of both Australian and international rhino professionals, the project is committed to helping build a future for rhinos by establishing a population of rhinos in Australia as an insurance breeding herd.

Director of The Australian Rhino Project Elaine Bensted said:

“We are proud to have Kevin on board as an ambassador, helping to raise awareness and funding for rhinos.

“We may be ambitious, but we hope to bring across 30-35 rhinos to Australia as an insurance herd, so we don’t lose this breed to extinction.”

Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes at the MCG on Saturday 27 January

Gates open 11:30am

WBBL match commences 12.20pm

BBL match commences at 4:10pm.

For more information about The Australian Rhino Project click here.

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