Thank you for joining us last night for the fireside chat, it was extremely interesting to talk to Phillip from Qumic who works for the Antipoaching Unit for Sabi sands and Arrie from the rhino orphanage. If you missed the chat here is a link to the You Tube, thanks once again to muttluver for recording this and making it possible for others to watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7mxUX8irPk
For those who have been asking how to send further donations here are the details:
For Sabi sands Anti poaching Unit, there are two ways you can donate:
The website http://www.virginunite.com/
Or The direct bank details are as follows:
Ulusaba T/A Pride and Purpose
First National Bank
Randburg commercial branch 254005
Cheque account no: 62187747012
Address: Cnr Main Avenue and Republic Road, Randburg, 2125
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ
For the rhino orphanage the details are as follows:
Von der Hoven Attorneys Trust
Acc. 1468 100 645
Branch 146 805
This is a temporary trust fund while they are processing the orphanage as a charity with it’s own trust fund. As you will hear in the video, the orphanage is in it’s early stages but progress is moving swiftly to complete it.
We also invited 2 members of the press to join us for the chat and to see what we do here. Dianne, who also joined us for the drive the following morning, will be writing a piece for the local paper, Kruger to Canyon. We felt it might give the local community a boost to know there are people across the world who care about what is happening to the rhino here in South Africa. Dianne has since given me the link to the piece she has written which made front page of the local paper on the 12 Nov 2011 http://www.ditippingwoods.com/2011/11/13/virtual-tourists-support-our-rhino/. She has also become a Djuma Djunkie and is keen to join Ganda as often as she can! Her partner Joel is the African consultant for a Major Dutch Newspaper and is also keen to write a story about the live drives, which might help to boost numbers!
I have also been asked about the possibility of buying the “save the rhino” bracelets. I am looking into whether it is possible to do so and will give more details once I hear back from a possible source.
If anyone would like a copy of the certificates to hand out, or put up in classrooms, shops etc please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for caring about these magnificent creatures!
Written by Tara
I have since been sent the Rhino calf’s Prayer by Yolande Van Der Merwe that Arrie discussed at the end of the chat, here it is for you to read:
A RHINO CALF’S PRAYER Oh Lord, I pray for mercy I won’t survive on my own. Where do I go, where do I hide, I’m confused and scared and alone. I still hear the gunshots ringing Lord a burning pain real and true, but I have to keep on running or for sure they’ll hack my horn too. O Lord, I pray for reason, please help me come to score, why the humans that I’ve trusted have started this bloodthirsty War. They came and murdered my mother, Lord their chainsaws dripping with red. They left her alive and helpless until to her death, she bled. How many more like me Lord, before we vanish from this Earth? How many more mutilated bodies and little calves lost before birth? Oh Lord, I pray for forgiveness towards those who do the Unjust. Those who’ve taken my family and left them bleeding in the dust. Oh Lord, I pray there’s still people guardian angels from above, who’ll take a little calf and heal its wounds, and protect it with all their Love. Lord, I cannot run anymore, I’m small, my strength fading fast, my legs are numb, my breath is done I hear my heart beat its last. Oh Lord, I pray for mercy, have compassion for my strife. Please hurry Lord, send me an angel, a human who’ll save my life. YvdM