A quick update on some of our projects...
The National Parks truck damaged in a collision with an elephant has now been repaired and is back in Hwange hard at work. As you'll see below, the work has been done to a very high standard and we are very grateful to those carrying out the repairs and to our kind contact in Zimbabwe who not only organised the work but also sent regular updates on progress.
The Agrisolar energiser mentioned previously was taken out to Hwange by our Chairman, John Gillon, when he visited in October. This has already been installed at Tshompani Pan where it is working well protecting the infrastructure at the pan from marauding elephants. You can see the energiser on top of the stone structure at the bottom right of the photo below:
Whilst in Hwange, John took the opportunity to hand over US$460 to help with fuel for anti-poaching work carried out by Paul de Montille and also US$400 for those working in the Sinamatella area for purchasing materials to repair road signs in the Park.
At the suggestion of one of our members, we have produced some notelets for sale. These are being sold in packs of four . at £3.00 per pack including postage in the UK. Each pack contains one each of four photos, lion, rhino, elephant and lilac-breasted roller. You can see the photos on the order form below. The cards include an envelope and are blank for your own message. The sale of these notelets will generate much-needed funds for Hwange National Park so do please consider buying some. To order, either print out the form below and post it back with your payment (details on the form) or get in touch with Anne Wilkinson (see Contacts page for details).
Finally, as we approach the end of 2018, we would like to thank all our members and supporters for their help and encouragement over the past year. It is very much appreciated by everyone at HCS so thank you all. We wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2019.
IMPORTANT APPEAL - PLEASE HELP WITH OUR ANTI-POACHING WORK!
If, like us, you love animals and hate seeing them suffer, please could you donate towards our anti-poaching work? The work is very important, even more so these days as poaching is a huge problem in this area due to the dire economic situation currently obtaining in Zimbabwe. Animals are losing their lives every day and we are doing our level best to help as much as we can. If you can find it in you to make a donation, however small, please know that every penny will go towards alleviating the suffering of the wildlife. If everyone who visited this site would just donate £1.00 it would be a big help. Please consider doing this. Just visit our How to Help page or contact any of the committee members on the Contact Us page.
If you have enjoyed visiting this web site and reading about what we do to help Hwange National Park and its wildlife, would you be prepared to help us further? The best way to help us is by joining as a member or making a donation but we recognise that many people are unable to give this commitment; however, there are many ways of helping the wildlife of Hwange National Park at no cost to you:
- Could you display a poster about HCS somewhere in your local community?
- We also have home collecting boxes which people use to collect small change in. Perhaps you would consider taking one of these and sending us the small change from time to time? Small change can make a big difference! Maybe you could even persuade friends, family or colleagues to take one?
- Perhaps you know someone who loves wildlife and would be interested in our work - please pass on our contact details and encourage them to get involved. We are particularly keen to get people to visit our web site and Facebook page so if you could encourage people to do this, it would be a great help.
- We also save postage stamps which we use in different ways to raise funds. Perhaps you could save stamps for us and encourage others to do so?
If you would be interested in doing any of the above, please contact Anne Wilkinson (full details on CONTACT US page). Posters and/or collecting boxes can be sent out at no charge and we are always happy to send out information on our charity to prospective members.
A NEW WAY OF FUNDRAISING FOR HCS ...
HCS is now registered as a charity on easyfundraising.org.uk - if you ever shop online with retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, etc., you have the chance to raise a little extra for Hwange's wildlife at the same time. Simply register on the site and then search for the shop or item you wish to purchase. You can then click through from easyfundraising to the relevant supplier's web site and make your purchase in the normal way. This visit is recorded by easyfundraising and a percentage of your purchase price is donated to HCS. It costs you nothing extra so we do hope that people will take advantage of this free way of raising funds for us. I have tried it myself and it really is as easy as it sounds! Please take a look at our dedicated page at:
Hello to all Ebay fans ... do you use Ebay to sell items? Did you know you can now donate a percentage of your profits to HCS when you sell something? If you qualify for gift aid you can even arrange for Ebay to collect the gift aid on your behalf. HCS is now registered as a charity on Ebay in conjunction with PayPal Just Giving. If you are interested in helping us in this way, please go to the main Ebay page, go to the bottom and click on the link 'Buy for Charity' or 'Sell for Charity'. Either link will take you to the charity information page where you can get more information about how to use this method of fundraising. You can even make a one-off donation!