I am qualified nurse from Germany, living in SA now for 8 years. I remember when I set foot onto this beautiful, vast land it felt like coming home.... I was hooked and there was no way that I was going to live anywhere else but on the African Continent. To be honest, I knew nothing about Africa, its wildlife or the current poaching wars that are raging. The challenges behind conserving the magnificent creatures are far greater than I ever expected. My passion to support conservation was ignited by the animals themselves. They touched my heart, opened my eyes and once your eyes are open; they can never be closed again to the horrible and sad reality. It has and never will make me despondent though, or will stop me from making every effort possible to fight it!
In 2008 my husband Lloyd and I rode 7411kms with our horses around the periphery of SA on a 19 month journey to raise awareness of African Horse Sickness. In 2013 I, with my husband and sister as back-up, ran and cycled 9300kms through SA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Swaziland for the plight of the rhino - raising awareness for Africa’s wildlife, conducting a survey on the plight and visiting 50+ schools to educate about conservation. Without a shadow of doubt I believe that the future of all wildlife lies in the hands of the children today, and it’s now that we need to invest in them to make a long-lasting change in society. There have been a few horseback/foot journeys throughout SA which have been never longer than 200kms to re-taste and live the spirit of the wilderness again since the two journeys above.
Elephants are magic; they are beings that live beyond human capabilities and whenever I have had the privilege of seeing them, they have moved something within me, within my soul. How could I not want to be a part of this extraordinary initiative which aims to support and protect these magnificent creatures
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