An all-female expedition is set to leave KwaZulu-Natal to Kenya to raise awareness and funds for the protection of Africa’s elephants.
The Elephant Ignite Expedition, supported by Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, will be officially launched at Sibaya on Thursday 14 April 2016 – ahead of the intrepid adventurers’ departure on Women’s Day in August.
The entire expedition will traverse a gruelling 10 000 kilometres through ten African countries, ending in Kenya – added to this it will by award-winning Earth Touch website as part of a web series – documenting the journey and stories of the various organisations and people who are truly making a difference in the world of elephant conservation.
Belinda Jelf, Sibaya’s Marketing Manager, says Sibaya, a dedicated supporter of rhino anti-poaching efforts at Tala Game Reserve, is proud to be associated with the Elephant Ignite Expedition which will bring the plight of Africa’s elephants into the global spotlight.
“Elephant poaching and killing is an age-old scourge that unfortunately receives little media attention. More needs to be done to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s elephants and stop the unnecessary and cruel killings that happen daily. This all-female expedition will hopefully help to garner awareness and support to bring elephant killings to a stop.”
According to Elephant Ignite Expedition’s founder and expedition leader, Carla Geyser from Blue Sky Society Trust, 30 000 elephants are killed every year. That means that an elephant dies every 15 minutes. The epic journey will be underpinned by community upliftment, youth education, public awareness of the plight of African’s declining population, and a fundraising drive to support the dedicated non-profit organisations that are doing such amazing work to protect the elephants.
“The projects and organisations we will be visiting all provide conservation as well as community upliftment and educational programmes especially amongst the youth. The expedition will weave an invisible web, linking together these conservation projects in order to expand their support base and ongoing funding through public awareness. We cannot wait to get going,” concludes Geyser.
April 14, 2016