SAAMBR does its bit for Rhino Day

  • October 05, 2015 | Varsha Naidu, visual interpretation coordinator

Rhino-shaped cakes were a popular choice

Rhino Day is celebrated in September in various ways across South Africa. SAAMBR celebrated this important conservation day by holding a staff cake sale on 29 September 2015.

As the cake sale held on Rhino Day in 2014 was so successful, I motivated my colleagues to make this an annual event and put forward my favourite rhino conservation project as the possible beneficiary of the proceeds.

Some of the tasty goodies sold to raise funds for rhinos

I chose the non-profit organisation Thula Thula as the beneficiary as it is dedicated to rescuing and providing specialist care to orphaned rhinos. Its ultimate aim is to return the adult rhinos to the wild, but the journey to adulthood is an expensive one. Our contribution would be used to purchase life-saving milk formula to feed the young rhinos which suckle from their mothers for 18 months in the wild.

Plans were made, meetings held, emails sent, recipes exchanged and sponsors sought. By the morning of the cake sale, the array of goodies assembled in my office included rhino-shaped cookies, fudge, donuts, savoury pies, muffins, cupcakes and even some rhino earrings! 

Throughout the day raffle tickets to win a beautiful ceramic rhino, which was endearing enough to inspire the emptying of many purses and pockets, were sold. The eventual winner, Hlengiwe Ndlovu, was delighted and the envy of her colleagues.

I felt really proud to be part of this initiative which afforded us the opportunity to do something to support the brave conservationists who dedicate their lives to the preservation of our rhinos.

In total we raised more than R3 300 for Thula Thula’s Rhino Calf project.

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