I was in Madikwe six weeks ago with my three daughters. We had a wonderful time with good family friends and excellent hosts who taught (and fed) us all an infinite amount. Our children learnt so much as the photos tell, and I am so grateful to be living in South Africa to give them access to the wonderful wildlife on our doorstep.
However, when we were there, reality really hit home that we can not take this beauty for granted any more, our time is running out. On the third day several rhino were slaughtered, some in Botswana and this one, featured in my photos below, just a few kilometres from our camp in Madikwe.
The poachers walked into a lion and shot a beautiful alpha male in defence as well. It was heartbreaking, even the children were stunned into a subdued silence for the rest of the day.
When I became aware of the #killthetrade campaign, I was compelled to get SAPeople involved to support this essential drive to unite South Africans to ‘kill the trade’ that kills rhinos, elephants and tigers. This is the perfect opportunity for us not to standby helplessly, but to all get involved to create awareness and fight the serious poaching that threatens our wildlife.
Please join the drive of #killthetrade campaign which is to encourage people like me an you to take pictures and spread them using social media and email. The more exposure we can give the #killthetrade campaign the better as over 400 Rhino have been killed this year already. Please help spread the word by clicking on the button below to take action.
Dear SAPeople Followers…
I have never undertaken a physical challenge in order to raise money – and Friday will be my first! A group of 30 beginner cyclists (all mums) will be setting out at 6.30 am on a 3 day cycle tour – finishing in Franshoek.
We will be doing 35 to 50 km per day of strenuous off road (half a day of cycling) – single and jeep tracks on mountain bikes in order to raise money for rural children of alcoholic farm workers.
My co-cyclists and I have been putting hours into the saddle (and out the saddle!) to prepare and now the time has come! (see photos below). There are thousands of little kids growing up on farms, where parents are paid in alcohol – so weekends and nights are in a stupor. These kids do not get a safe, loving home environment they need, nor the education – so the abuse cycle of addiction never seems to stop. I’ve pledged to do a small part to help our country in its quest to heal itself – by breaking the cycles of poverty that so entrench the lives of children who desperately need to be protected and given a chance to make something of their lives.
I ask you if you would please support this cause by sponsoring any amount at all – no matter how small – it is going to such a worthy cause – and the effort is a big one, being a novice cyclist.
Update Jan ‘21: This fundraiser is finished so we have removed the account details. (January 2021)
Love and gratitude
Co-Founder SAReunited, SAPeople
“If you want to be happy for an hour, take a nap. If you want to be happy for a day, go fishing. If you want to be happy for a month, get married.If you want to be happy for a year, inherit money. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, help someone else” (Chinese Proverb)