NKONKA HOSTS BISHOPS COLLEGE BOYS
Earlier this year, Bishops boys; Matthew Perrott, Callum Tait, Chris Hyslop and Logan Tait cycled 600km (CT to Knysna) to raise funds for the rhinos. They successfully raised R179 000.
These 4 matric boys as well as 26 grade 9 boys with their mums from Bishops School arrived at Phinda yesterday to embark on a Game Ranger/ecology course. For all their fundraising efforts, Nkonka invited the 4 boys to stay at the lodge and participate in the rhino notching experience today, which forms part of the Bishops ranger course.
A portion of the funds they raised went towards the costs of the rhino notching, done during the ranger course. The remaining funds go towards the costs of a rhino orphan kept on Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage
Megan Carr from Rhinos in Africa is accompanying the boys to Nkonka and is sponsoring part of the costs of their trip.
Nkonka, in collaboration with Somkhanda Community Reserve, Bishops / Somkhanda rural school fundraiser have been instrumental in creating this educational course. This is the second consecutive year that Bishops is involved, not only in the conservation work but also in supporting the surrounding community, where they continue to improve the local school. This time they will be involved with building a new classroom funded by the Bishops parents involved in this course The game ranging course also forms part of points towards their presidents award.
And yet again …. We thank Simon Naylor and his team for their co-operation in making this all possible on Phinda Private Game Reserve. With Simon and Dr. Mike Toft’s (vet) dedication, skill and experience they will be notching 2 rhino in a day.
Leon Glanvill, the Bishops teacher in charge of the Eco society has been driving this educational program. Without him this initiative wouldn’t have been possible and we are very grateful for all his time and effort he put into this project