This has been quite a busy month and we have celebrated a lot of special days! This month I decided to do a blog with a difference. A well known saying goes that: “A picture speaks a thousand words” so enjoy the pictures and let them speak for themselves (with the help of some captions of course).
Our children make their mark on the Shamwari Group Pride of Cape Town lion
Well known local artist Andile Dyalvane has ‘adopted’ the Shamwari Group Pride of Cape Town. Andile is very talented and specialised in ceramics. He is from the Eastern Cape as well. The lion has been named Qhayiya which is Xhosa for ‘Pride’. We got a few primary school learners to leave their hand prints on the lion which is part of the artwork. We all had a lovely time. For now Qhayiya is living at our Born Free Centre and soon he will be relocated to Cape Town where he will be completed for the big event to be held at the Cape Town V & A Waterfront in 2013.
Long time Born Free supporters and Born Free Holiday Group visitors Sue and Derrick Rankine visit the local crèche and handover toys and goods they donated and plant a tree
PHOTO CATALOGUE OF SPECIAL DAYS CELEBRATED
National Arbour Week 1-7 September
Shamwari Game Reserve donates spekboom to Moreson Primary. 15 shrubs were planted and each teacher was given her own cutting to take home and plant. Spekboom is indigenous to this area uses hardly any water and is 80% better at converting carbon dioxide into oxygen than any plant on earth!
International Rhino Day 22 September 2012-10-09
All the schools in Paterson join voices to make a noise against Rhino Poaching on 21/09/2012. Everyone paraded down the streets of Paterson with their posters and at the sports stadium we all made as much noise as possible! Local and national press and media covered our event. Rhino poaching is a serious problem in South Africa. In the past two months over 100 rhinos have been poached and very recently one of our neighbouring reserves lost 4 rhino to poaching.
National Tourism Month and Heritage Day 24 September 2012-10-09
To celebrate Tourism month and Heritage Day we invited 32 tourism teachers from Port Elizabeth to come and visit our Born Free Centre and go on a game drive. Shamwari very kindly sponsored them a lunch. The teachers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are already making plans to bring their classes for an outing.