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