Elkanah House reminded about rhino

On 26 April 2013, the team from Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhino visited the Elkanah House Senior Primary School campus to talk to pupils in grades 3 to 6 about rhino poaching in South Africa. It was a privilege to hear Jason Hartman, singer-songwriter and 2009 co-winner of season five of the television singing competition Idols (South Africa), singing.

Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhino is a conservation, community and communications project created by Hartman, Damien Mander and Dave Estment. The three are on a 10 000 km motorcycle adventure around southern Africa until September 2013. They have partnered with The International Society of the Planting and Protection of Trees (Men of the Trees), also headed by Hartman in South Africa, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and the Wild Imaging Trust, a South African charitable trust that uses video, still images and internet platforms to support wildlife solutions that serve the planet by holistically benefiting conservation, education, ecotourism and communities.

Elkanah House students and teachers were all inspired by the team’s stories and their strategic mission to assist with the protection of our rhino. After the presentation, pupils handed over an honorary handmade ‘travelling rhino’ called “Elkanah” which will accompany the team on their epic journey around South Africa.

Elkanah House students are also raising funds to help the adventurers. The launch of the Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhino 10-Week Philanthropy Challenge began on 6 May, and the children are encouraged to do chores for a few rands at home daily. At the end of the 10 weeks, all the money raised will be sent to Rock ‘n Ride 4 Rhino.

This project is part of Elkanah House’s ethos of caring for the environment, and it fits in well with the school’s Planned Acts of Kindness initiative.

Category: Winter 2013

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