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SANParks & Reach for a Dream join hands again
South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Reach for a Dream Foundation have once again joined hands to give children an unforgettable experience.
The Reach for a Dream Foundation is an organisation that has brought hope to many young South Africans and it believes firmly in the power of dreams. Children are motivated to use their dreams to fight life-threatening and other serious and debilitating illnesses.
The scope of dreams submitted to Reach for a Dream received is endless and every child is seen to have a powerful dream. Two such dreamers were Hardus Brits and Thato Segapo. The dreams of both of them were to be closer to nature and these dreams finally became a reality with the assistance of SANParks by participating in wild catches in the Kruger National Park during April 2010.
Many people and institutions were involved in making these dreams come true - 2 Conserve, Mr Marius Kruger of SANParks, Saab Technologies SA and many others. The game capture team of SANParks handled the captures very professionally and Chris Jacobs of the Honorary Rangers (Ranger Support Services) successfully orchestrated the logistics of the whole experience.
Both boys enjoyed their experience immensely. Hardus preferred to make an artistic version of his experience (seen above), while Thato sent in a heart warming letter of thanks (translated from Afrikaans):
Good day Uncle,
I want to say thank you for the trouble you went to for us. I really enjoyed it a lot, but was very scared of the rhinoceros that we touched. But it was still very enjoyable.
It was the first time that I saw my father so happy – he was always laughing, also my uncle. The thing I enjoyed the most was the aeroplane – it felt like a dream and it was really beautiful to see - the animals from above, the lovely green grass and trees.
The food was delicious and fresh and we drove around in the car and saw animals. I felt like a king and I am very happy, because for the first time in my life I touched a wild animal.
Thank you very much.
The cost of such experiences can be quite daunting and everyone should therefore know that it does not have to take a lot of time or money to become involved – no contribution is too small or too insignificant.