500 SOUTH AFRICAN SCOUTS TO LEND SUPORT IN FIGHT AGAINST RHINO POACHING

More than 500 Scouts from across South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province will gather at Howick, near the provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg this week to lend support in the fight against rhino poaching.

A total of 363 rhino had been poached in the Kruger National Park by May this year.

Kim Burnie from the Scout troop in Howick says it will be the biggest gathering of scouts in the province in more than 15 years. At a two-day camp at Howick, the children will learn more about rhino poaching for the animals’ horns which is threatening the species with extinction.

Burnie says the event ties in with what Scouts founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell taught. “It’s the first time in KZN we’re going to have so many scouts together, and they’ll all be standing there at the same time, for the same reason and for the same cause.”

He says the scouts will be signing a declaration book that will serve as a challenge to the millions of scouts worldwide to join the fight against rhino poaching.

Over the next year, one declaration book will be sent to troops across South Africa, while others will be sent to scouting organizations in other countries.

Burnie says after that the books will be given to organizations such as the Kingsley Holgate Foundation to help in the campaign to stop rhino poaching.

“We’re actually going to hand it back to the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, the Rhino Art Foundation and Project Rhino KZN so that they can use those books in their campaigns, where they go out worldwide to try and combat rhino poaching.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK