Hi all - I have just returned from an amazing week in KTP - camping at TR, which was brilliant - only thing was that it was freezing cold - minus 4 and 5 was the norm most nights.
Jannie and I spent a lot of time chatting about we as forumites who are passionate about KTP can do to help our beloved park and one issue that was raised was the enormous need for warm clothing and shoes for the local communities - mainly the ones at Askham, Rietfontein and especially Welkom, where a lot of SANParks workers come from, as well as the San who are emplyed as trackers and experts in their field at KTP. There are a lot of children in these communities as well as the adults who are all in desperate need of good quality used clothing, especially beanies, gloves, scarves, warm jackets, as well as blankets and good used shoes - believe me, it is absolutely FREEZING here in winter and these folk don't have very much at all. ( If you don't have any old clothing, I have bought beautiful gloves and beanies from a well know inexpensive chain store that are less than R10 each and their grey blankets are wonderful too at under R40
I am happy to co-ordinate collection of any items in the Cape Town area - please send me PM and I will happily come and collect. Alternatively, if you are going up to KTP in the near future you could always take clothing with you and pass it on to Jannie who will see that it gets to the right people in need. I have agreed to run with this project so if you would PLEASE let me know when and what is going up I would appreciate it. Also, if you are going up to KTP and have a teeny bit of space in your car, could you please let me know and we can maybe get a collection from other 'mites in your area....
If you could please put the word out amongst your friends and neighbours, at your local schools - anywhere - that would be great and a HUGE help to those in need. I would love this to become an on-going project that we forumites could do - its always incredibly satisfying to give something back !
This projected has been approved by the Honorary Rangers, Virtual Region and they will keep a tally of all donations made by forum members on their books.
All donations will be publicly acknowledged in this topic unless the donor specifies otherwise.
KTP Guru will also be keeping a list of the donations made and submit this to his management.
Thanks ( in anticipation ) Gill