Community guide appeal

Hi everyone

As many of you will know BirdLife South Africa likes to offer the community guides an opportunity to attend the annual AGM/Flock meetings and this year is no different except that it is Flock at Sea AGAIN 2017 and presents an even more exciting opportunity for four lucky guides. The guides we have  chosen to attend this year are Samson Mulaudzi from Limpopo and then from KZN we have chosen Themba Mthembu, Bheki Nyandeni and Bheki Mbonambi. I am sure your members will know of them or have even benefitted from their services at some stage.

I would like to ask you to advertise among your club members to see if we can raise any funding for them to attend Flock at Sea later in the year.

We have managed to secure funding to kit them out with suitable clothing for the cruise but now we are looking for sponsors to assist with their cruise costs as well as transport and accommodation costs before and after the cruise. We have raised a few funds since we placed an advert on Facebook yesterday but we need a lot more to come in.

Each guide will need about R11000 to be able to attend, so we are appealing for R44 000 in total. Every small donation helps, but bigger ones help even more. So far we have raised just over R10 000 with one bird club having donated R5000, the remainder has come in from individuals.

Members can deposit any donations into the BirdLife bank account as per the attached details. Please email any proof of deposits through to me at so I can keep a record of where we are sitting at on a daily basis.

I hope we manage to find enough willing and kind sponsors to realise this one in a lifetime dream for these deserving guides.

Kind regards and many thanks in anticipation

Ian Owtram

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