FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is excited to welcome internationally recognised laparoscopic urologist, Dr. Marius Conradie, as their newest corporate custodian.
Conradie specialises in minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgery using the state-of-the-art Da Vinci Robot.
His private practise is based at Waterfall City Hospital, Midrand, where he has been since 2013. Prior to this, he served as the Head of the Urology Department at the Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Hospital Complex, from 2006.
He has received numerous international awards for his work and research in the field of endourology. He is the founder, and current president of the Pan African Endourology Society, and the former president of the World Congress of Endourology (2016).
Wildlife rehabilitation and conservancy is a cause extremely close to Conradie’s heart. In 2016, he used his influence as World Congress of Endourology president to raise international awareness about Rhino poaching on South Africa.
He has also assisted veterinarian surgeons with performing his minimally invasive surgery on animals.
“The best example is the dolphin at the Durban Aquarium that accidentally swallowed a soccer ball during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. They asked for my input and assistance in removing the soccer ball,” Conradie recalled.
He was impressed with FreeMe’s capability and transparency when it came to how they go about caring for and rehabilitating wildlife.
“FreeMe is an organisation that is completely transparent and all the funds that are donated to them are actually used for the benefit of the animals and none of the funds are misdirected to the benefit of the people that work there,” he explained.
FreeMe’s custodianship programme invites individuals or corporate companies to become more invested in the daily activities of the organisation. For a monthly or annual subscription fee, custodians are given the opportunity to feel part the organisation by being given special insights into the organisation’s operations, and are kept up to date with all the organisation’s news and happenings. Custodians also receive invites to all FreeMe events, discounts on courses, a monthly in depth newsletter, and a certificate of appreciation.
As a specialist urologist, whose job does not allow him a lot of free time to dedicate to his passion and hobby of wildlife rehabilitation, FreeMe’s custodian programme offered a mutually beneficial solution. This way, Conradie can still support and be actively involved in the daily activities of the organisation, albeit at a distance.
“As a specialist urologist, my time is very limited, but whenever I have an available weekend I will make myself available to FreeMe, not just for the rehabilitation of the animals but also to be an ambassador and create awareness of the highly endangered species in South Africa,” Conradie explained.
FreeMe is delighted to welcome Dr. Conradie to their family of custodians, and urges others who are passionate about wildlife conservation and rehabilitation to join either as individual or corporate custodians. Their custodianship programme is what enables the organisation to continue to do their work in preserving all wildlife species, and especially, Threatened or Protected Species (ToPS).
For more information, and to join their custodianship programme, visit: http://www.freemekzn.co.za/become-a-custodian/
Article Date: 15 May 2020