More projects and purchases on the go now...we are just in the process of buying an Agrisolar energiser for the Sinamatella area. This is a device which provides an electric fence which can be placed around infrastructure such as a diesel pump to protect it from damage. As many of you will know, some wildlife can be quite destructive, and elephants in particular are well known for their habit of always wanting to drink from the fresh water outlet at a pumped waterhole and they are quite happy to damage anything that might get in the way of their desire to reach this particular goal. We've even watched elephants (in Etosha National Park in Namibia) digging up water pipes that hadn't been buried deeply enough in the ground just to give themselves access to fresh water rather than have to drink the standing water in the pan. Hopefully, if this new device works well, it will prevent a lot of expensive damage. Fund-raising is hard enough as it is without having to pay again for things which have been unnecessarily damaged...
On the subject of damage and elephants, you might like to see what sort of damage occurs when a large truck and an elephant happen to collide. The truck below was damaged in a collision with an elephant and, as you can probably see, the damage is extensive. The truck is an important piece of transport for the Main Camp area, used to carry rangers out on patrol, move equipment from place to place and even take the children of the Park's staff to and from school. We were approached by National Parks to ask if we could help with the repair costs and, having got a quotation from a garage in Bulawayo, we have agreed to pay for the repair. This will cost us in the region of £2,700 so it is going to be an expensive exercise. We are hopeful that the work will be completed fairly soon so that the truck can get back to work in the Park.
I know it's early but Christmas is coming! This year we have produced some special Christmas cards to sell to raise funds - they cost £4.00 for a pack of 10 (5 of each design) and this includes postage and packing. There are still a few packs left so if you'd be interested in buying any, please contact Anne Wilkinson (details on Contacts page). Every card sold gives us a small profit to put towards our work so please do consider helping us in this way - it will be very much appreciated. You can see the two designs below.
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!