Team Effort in Aid of Rhino

by Naomi on September 24, 2012

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

Beaulieu Prep School donating to Damien Mander of IAPF

What can be more inspiring than participating in initiatives that support conservation and communities, while simultaneously harnessing the power of creative fire? This is just the scenario that played out a week ago at Beaulieu Prep School in Johannesburg. The special people there had invited Damien Mander, founding director and chairman of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, to share a presentation about his organization’s exceptional work – especially with regard to rhino – and to accept a donation from the school on its behalf.

Damien Mander presenting to Beaulieu Prep

Given the massive scale of illegal wildlife trafficking across the globe, the IAPF’s mission is not only urgent but critical. Their highly skilled, dynamic team “meets this challenge head on by logically tackling the economic, social and ecological issues associated with environmental threats.” They are led by Damien, who has extensive military experience, having served in the Royal Australian Navy and Special Operations unit within the Australian Army, as well as spending three years serving in Iraq. In addition to working closely with other conservation organizations, the team is dedicated to assertive action and specialist training – something for which they are superbly equipped and at which they excel.

In line with the fact that community welfare is integral to successful conservation efforts, the IAPF has teamed up with Jason Hartman, joint 2009 SA Idols winner – a wildly talented and accomplished singer songwriter, actor and passionate conservationist.

Jason Hartman with his guitar

For many years, Jason has contributed significantly to community upliftment through the creation of sustainable vegetable gardens and planting of trees. His own charity is Men of the Trees, part of an international organisation with branches all over the world. He also recently launched Conservation Guardians with several global board members, in order to support anti-poaching – in particular of rhino – and other environmental issues in Southern Africa.

Jason Hartman at Beaulieu Prep School

Jason’s musical success includes a number of hit singles, opening for Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol, in March 2010, as well as opening for The Eagles during HRH Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock’s wedding celebrations in Monaco, and playing live at the Grand Prix there. He also starred in A Million Colours, follow-up to the famous 1970′s e’Lollipop movie, released in September 2011 at the Toronto Film Festival. Shortly afterwards, A Million Colours opened the Hollywood Black Film Festival in LA, as the first foreign film to do so.

Thus it was no surprise that the beautiful children at Beaulieu Prep were enchanted by Jason singing for them, as well as captivated by Damien’s vivid accounts of very real anti-poaching action. Apart from capturing this special event in stills and video, Dave and I contributed some of our own rhino footage, in the form of a message from Smurf, the six week old rhino calf pictured below 🙂

Six week old rhino calf

The resounding conclusion is that, working hand in hand, we can definitely make a positive difference. If you’d like to help, then please follow the links above to find out more. Thank you for caring!

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[email protected] September 26, 2012 at 1:50 am

What a teachable number of moments for those students, Naomi. Beautiful human beings inside and out with such caring energy. The Rhinos simply have to come out of this healthy and robust!


Naomi October 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, Amy…I fully agree 🙂 XO


Jamie Dedes September 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

Naomi, I’m so glad that you post periodically about this. The poaching issue is horrifying. Bless the people who are working to end this practice. I am posting the link to my Facebook “Compassionate Lifestyle” page.

Hope you and yours are well. 😉


Naomi October 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Thanks so much, Jamie – you’re a Darling! We really appreciate your support & caring. All is well here, thank you & hope with you and yours too, XO


Kate Shrewsday October 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Sounds like a great benefit, Naomi!


Naomi October 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Thank you, Kate – much appreciated! XO


Tammy October 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Looks like you captured a teachable moment Naomi and there is no greater time than when they are children. Love the rhino photo.


Naomi October 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thanks so much for your special comment, Tammy – being the wonderful mother that you are 🙂


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