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Written by: The Cape Leopard Trust

Each year The Cape Leopard Trust hosts a children’s art competition. The theme of the competition for 2015 was  ‘Predators of the Cape’, and with over 350 art works to choose from, we decided it was time to call in the experts.

Braam Malherbe, My School ambassador, and photojournalist Scott Ramsay, K-Way ambassador, rose to the challenge. Together with Anele van der Merwe, representing competition sponsors, Bridgestone, a serious hour or two of contemplation was needed to decide on the 14 winners, whose art would go on to be part of a 2016 Cape Leopard Trust calendar.

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The art was put on display at Splash Café, a venue kindly sponsored by The Vineyard Hotel in Claremont, for the judges to make their final decisions, and the 14 art pieces were duly chosen. The standard of art was so high this year that the winning paintings were professionally framed, and are to be exhibited and sold at auction at a special event to mark Earth Day 2016.

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Hotel Verde, Africa’s first carbon neutral hotel, in Cape Town is to host a special celebration of conservation, art and poetry on Thursday, 21 April 2016, to mark Earth Day in aid of our environmental education project. The night includes a ‘leopard’ poetry reading by Dr Ian McCallum, and will open with a few words from Trevor Tutu. Special guests will include the 2015 recipients of the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, sponsored by Investec Asset Management, Garth Owen-Smith, in recognition of his lifetime contribution alongside Dr. Margaret Jacobsohn for the restoration and conservation of wildlife in Namibia.

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The cost includes dinner, wine and entertainment. We are challenging conservation minded friends to support one table of 10, to come and learn more about our efforts to create responsible future custodians of Earth. Challenge your friends, family and colleagues to enjoy an evening of fun for nature with us.

To make a booking, contact Helen on contact@capeleopard.org.za or phone 076 522 1201. Bookings have been extended and will close on 12 April 2016.

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