Inspired by acclaimed documentary Stroop and Leon Schuster’s Frank and Fearless, a Port Elizabeth youngster has put conservation above celebration by foregoing his birthday gifts to raise funds for rhino orphans.
For his seventh birthday, Sunridge Primary Grade 1 pupil Kolby Harmse has pledged to raise R50,000 for Limpopo-based The Rhino Orphanage, the world’s first non-profit organisation dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of rhino calves orphaned by poaching.
His parents have since helped him create an online campaign for donations to achieve his birthday goal at https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/help-a-little-buddy-back-a-rhino
Many of the little rhinos that arrive at The Rhino Orphanage are severely traumatised and in need of medical attention as they are often injured trying to protect their mothers from poachers.
“This is more than just raising funds for the orphanage. This is the small voice of a child begging to help save our rhinos, a child willing to give up all his birthday to help save a rhino,” says mom Janine Harmse.
“A voice begging us all to take action so that his generation can also still see rhinos when they grow up – but ultimately to stop seeing our rhinos being brutally murdered every day.”
Kolby has so far raised R26,598.59 to help the organisation to buy feed, medication, treatment and transport for the orphaned young rhinos.
We say: No donation is too big or small…let’s all donate to this worthy cause by helping this selfless boy reach his goal in the conservation of our rhinos.