Wild Frontiers

Kids raise money for rhino books

Cape Town-based Chameleon Books firmly believes that conservation starts with education for both children and adults. Their Thundafund crowdfunding campaign aims to raise money to do a print run of their Rescuing Rhino book with the aim that anyone who pledges towards the campaign will receive books to donate to schools and NGOs.

A sneak peak at the kids books, illustrated by Judy Maré

A sneak peak at the kids books, illustrated by Judy Maré.

This past weekend, in the build up to World Rhino Day, they held a garden tea party, at the home of author Judy Maré to raise funds for the project. The fundraiser was a great success with roughly R5,000 raised in pledges on the day from 18 people.

The campaign is proudly supported by South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture who are showing their support by donating an additional R200 each for the first 50 pledges the campaign receives. This means that an extra R3,600 will be donated by the department.

Some of those who came to enjoy some tea and show their support.

Some of those who came to enjoy some tea and show their support.

A highlight of the day was the attendance of young Grace and Kiara from Beaumont Primary School, Somerset West. After being told about the fundraiser by their teacher they went around their classes and raised money from pupils and teachers. They have raised R265 so far and are still collecting money.

The author, Judy Maré with Grace and Kiara who raised money for the campaign at their school.

The author, Judy Maré with Grace and Kiara who raised money for the campaign at their school.

After a long search of the garden, on a hot afternoon, congratulations went to Kai for finding a Cape chameleon in the garden and winning The Dwarf, the Dragon and the Grumpy Giant book – another illustrated kid’s book in the author’s collection.

Well done to Kai for finding a Cape chameleon in the garden!

Well done to Kai for finding a Cape chameleon in the garden!

Kai and Emily, best buds at the fundraiser.

Kai and Emily, best buds at the fundraiser.

In honour of World Rhino Day, get involved in this important rhino literacy and education project on our platform by showing your support here.

Janine Avery

I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists.

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