DSC Frontline Foundation has approved an interim grant for African professional hunting guide Andre Bennett, who was severely injured by a Cape buffalo while assisting on a hunt in Namibia. The grant will help offset the costs associated with his recovery. DSC Frontline Foundation will also be available if additional assistance is needed.
On March 18, Bennett was working with Japsie Blaauw, owner of Dzombo Hunting Safaris Namibia, when he was charged and struck by a Cape buffalo. Bennett received extensive and traumatic injuries. The injured guide was taken to Otjiwarong for treatment and care. Blaauw later tracked down the wounded buffalo and killed it.
“DSC Frontline Foundation was created for this very opportunity – to be able to assist those eligible individuals who are injured in the course of providing professional hunting or anti-poaching services,” said DSC Frontline Foundation President Karl Evans. “We wish Andre a full and speedy recovery.”
Andre’s injury is another example of the dangers and hazards that professional hunters, guides and outfitters are exposed to on a daily basis. DSC Frontline Foundation and DSC recognize the dedication and commitment of those professional hunters, guides, outfitters and members of their organizations and are grateful that they can provide assistance to Andre and his family.
If anyone wishes to make a donation for Andre’s benefit please go to www.dscfrontlinefoundation.org and follow the donate link. Please indicate that your donation is for the benefit of Andre Bennett.
DSC Frontline Foundation provides financial relief to professional hunters and their assistants who are killed or seriously injured in the course of providing professional hunting services or anti-poaching activities. These individuals are often on the frontline of hunts and therefore exposed to the dangers inherent in hunting.
About DSC Frontline Foundation
The DSC Frontline Foundation, a Texas non-profit corporation, was started by a group of dedicated DSC members with the support and encouragement of DSC. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under Section 170 of the Code.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of DSC members and includes people involved in the professional hunting industry as well as those who appreciate and respect the risks that professional hunters, outfitters, guides and their assistants face on a daily basis.
The mission of the DSC Frontline Foundation is to provide financial relief to professional hunters and their assistants who are killed or seriously injured in the course of providing professional hunting services or anti-poaching activities. The mission of the foundation was expanded to include a separate anti-poaching fund to provide financial relief to government employees killed in the course of providing anti-poaching activities. The individuals we seek to help are often on the frontline of hunts and therefore exposed to the dangers inherent in hunting. These same individuals are unlikely to have adequate, or any, health insurance. They are unlikely to have life insurance or disability coverage. As a result, a serious injury has the potential to be even more devastating to these individuals than to most of the rest of us. The death of a primary breadwinner could have equally dire consequences for most of the people we seek to help.