WHILE other renowned sport persons prefer a life of seclusion after retirement, former Zimbabwe Cricket captain Brendan Taylor has done the remarkable a�� retiring from the international game and auctioning a better part of his memorabilia to aid anti-poaching activities in the country.
Taylora��s most prized cricket belongings that include his World Cup bat, jersey and glove are set to go under the hammer this week as the Bumi Hills Foundation gathers resources in its quest to tackle the poaching menace that has rocked the wildlife and conservation industry.
The cricketer was recently announced as the Bumi Hills Foundation ambassador, making him the first high profile sportsperson to dedicate his time and use his fame for a worthy cause.
The Bumi Hills Foundation is an initiative dedicated to fighting poaching.
In its recent post online, Bumi Hills Foundation heaped huge praise on Taylor.
Nick Milne, founder and trust manager, Bumi Hills Foundation said Taylor had always helped in reducing poaching of animals reserved around the country.
a�?Brendan has already thrown his support behind various initiatives from supporting under-privileged children to raising awareness about the plight of cancer patients. During this visit he joined the rangers on patrol and helped out with the emergency feeding programme on Starvation Island.
a�?Despite already making a significant financial contribution towards the ongoing running costs of the Bumi Hills anti poaching unit, Brendan expressed an interest in getting more involved and recently came up to the HQ to meet our team of dedicated rangers who are fighting on the front line in the war on poaching,a�? she said in an archived post.
Milne said they were glad that Taylor would continue to be at the forefront of fighting poaching in the country.
a�?We are very proud to have Brendan Taylor on board and have no doubt he will show the same grit and determination to the conservation cause as he does on the cricket field.a�?
B-Metro Sport tried in vain to contact the player for a comment on his philanthropy but the gratitude expressed by Bumi Hills Foundation is testimony of what great names in sport can do for the country.
After a sterling lengthy time with the Chevrons, Taylora��s career is well described in the gentlemena��s game as a�?not outa�� as he still holds as many records that current players puff and grind to surpass.
Upon giving up on the international version of the game, the respected Zimbabwean wicket keeper and undoubtedly gifted batsman went on to play English County Cricket with Nottinghamshire.