Meeting the KZN people during this passed week has been a real treat - arrived down here on Friday 19th October. We had an appointment with Midlands Liberty Mall, in PMB, to set up the display that would stay up for the next 2 days. A lot of HR's turned out, some from far away indeed, to help setup and get to see the display for the first time.
Saturday and Sunday were very busy with the public - the KZN members really "came to the party" with their support and willingness to get stuck in and learn.
Packing up on Sunday evening in order to move on to Durban on Monday morning. Thank you so very much to the HR's in the PMB area for looking after me so well and allowing me to watch the rugby world cup!!
On to Durban on Monday - I don't mind getting lost but I stress about getting lost with the trailer - I still can't reverse with the trailer on!!
But thanx to some good directions and cell phones I was able to go directly to the house.
We did the recci's at both Morningside Primary and DPHS on Monday morning - just to see where we were going to be and what our setup ought look like.
Tuesday morning up eary and at the school by 6.15am - members of the KZN region were there already!! When we do a school setup at home it takes 2 hours because there are only two of us, now there are so many we are standing around for a while before we can start teaching. It was a good day - a BIG learning curve for all involved including myself - what an absolute joy working with this region, they are so involved and enthusiastic to get things off the ground.
Wednesday was a rest day - we went to the Natal Sharks Board to see if we could secure a few items for future exhibitions for the region - as they are the newest addition to the PEAP project they have no items to display and will need to start collecting and making contacts. We also went off to uShaka to Marine World for the same reason.
Thursday saw us at DPHS (Durban Prep High School) - two of the members took the day off work to be there and learn how to go about a school display!!! It is so wonderful to see how learners and teachers alike are taken aback when they see what we do and how we go about teaching the children about our National Parks and conservation in general.
I would just like to take this oppertunity to thank KZN region for all their help and enthusiasm, all the kindness and encouragement show for this project. I think it was a great success all around and was enjoyed by all.
I would also like to say at this time that Pooh Bear was sorely missed on this trip!!