From our small beginnings after a talk presented to our club by Dr William Fowlds, we are delighted that RI has accepted Rages as an official Rotary Action Group and our very own Jo Wilmot has been appointed Project Manager. We are looking forward to meeting Rotarian John Glassford, an ex- Kenyan, now living in Australia, whose endless energy and enthusiasm has pushed this initiative to the point it is now. He will be in SA in May.
PROPOSED ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES
“Our purpose will be to mobilize Rotarians and provide global awareness and focused ACTION in the continuing struggle to preserve and protect endangered species. We will be supporting and promoting new and ongoing joint projects with Rotary and Rotaract clubs located in the areas of concern.
Our efforts will start with a particular focus on the rhinos, elephants and mountain gorillas in Africa, where poaching is a danger not only to these rare animals, but to the economic survival of the indigenous people who rely on eco-tourism for their livelihood .”
The relationship between our club and RAGES came about as a result of our presence and stall at the conference in Lisbon. John Glassford is the driving force of RAGES, and is trying to have a 6th Avenue of Service adopted by RI to cover support for environmental and conservation issues worldwide. Our Save the Rhino Project has recently been the recipient of R 18 000 raised by RAGES. Our Club has paid it forward to Chipembere where it has been most gratefully received and put to good use for the collaring of more Rhinos.
This Proposed Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species or RAGES is a prospective Rotarian Action Group and operates in accordance with Rotary International policy but is not an agency of, or controlled by Rotary International
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