World Rhino Day

22. September 2013 by Ludger

The Land Rover Owners Club has picked up an initiative by African explorer Kingsley Holgate, and Monique together with Danise have pushed it to a success.

The initiative is all about creating awareness for our endangered rhinos and the thread of poaching and making children ambassadors for the cause. The rational behind this approach is the assumption that adults (parents) are becoming sensitive if and when they are confronted with a subject that is close to the heart of their children, and hopefully act accordingly. The method is providing children with a template to encourage them to express their knowledge, perception and experience with the subject by paintings.

046-webThe two Land Rover Club activists managed to distribute almost 3000 templates to schools in the area. And interesting enough they got the buy-in especially from schools in underprivileged communities. And the feedback was stunning. Monique was able to collect almost 700 paintings/drawings from Diepsloot Combined School, where she volunteers weekly with “EDUFun” in an English language skill enhancement program.

At Lesedi Cultural Village the two activist together with a teacher from Diepsloot and a representative from LROC met Kingsley Holgate to hand over the children’s works. Kingsley underpinned that this initiative is rather a journey than an event. And so ideas got exchanged how to perpetuate and what could be potential next activities.

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Amongst others – since none of the kids participating had ever seen a rhino in its natural environment – there was the idea the LROC organising a weekend in the bush, and each participating vehicle allow one or two of the participating kids to join, and hopefully allow them an exciting sighting of rhinos in their habitat.
049-webLet’s see whether this and other ideas materialize, since lots of prep work needs to be done, like getting the buy in from an NP or a private reserve, finding sponsors to cover the cost, establish a mechanism/process for a fair election of the kids to join, …

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