We would like to take this time to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in and donated money towards our Christmas fundraiser for the children in Alldays. With the many generous donations, we reached our goal and raised £2,000! We would also like to say a huge thank you to Emma and Anthony Peniston for organising the Christmas event at their school, Briershof Primary School, and for providing the food, gifts, and more!
Volunteers at AWCRC have been involved with the primary schools in Alldays since the research centre was founded in 2017. We have been incredibly lucky that as restrictions in South Africa have eased, we’ve been able to go back to the schools to teach English and environmental education! Working within Alldays helps us to gain a bigger picture of how local communities are being impacted by human-wildlife conflict.
At our special Christmas event, volunteers and children were able to spend a day with Santa Claus, enjoy a delicious free meal, and each child received a Christmas gift, such as soccer balls, hula hoops, backpacks, or chocolate. The day was celebrated with different activities, including face painting, origami, and other small games. AWCRC volunteers were also rewarded with some fun dances that the children had prepared. Lastly, South Africa has a very high prevalence of HIV, so we were able to provide a talk on HIV awareness in a fun and playful way.
We are very grateful and happy to have been able to participate in this fundraising event. Happy holidays to everyone from AWCRC!