“Try to leave this world a little better than you found it’’. Words of Lord Baden Powell that Scouts live by. On the 30th July 2016, 1st Howick Cub and Scout Group, together with Project Rhino KZN and The Kinglsey Holgate Foundation, are hosting the inaugural Scout #rhinoshoutout at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve in Howick.
The rhino poaching crisis affecting South Africa and other African and Asian rhino range states is a worldwide wildlife emergency. Driven by global criminal syndicates, wildlife crime has exploded to meet the demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory. Equally important as fighting the front-line battles, is the need for a critical mass of support that will drive informed global awareness of the value of rhinos to Africa’s heritage and biodiversity.
Launched at the World Youth Rhino Summit in 2014, the World Youth Declaration book has been filled with signatures and messages from concerned citizens, ranging from rural school children to notable signatories including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr Jane Goodall and Kinglsey Holgate, and presented to Vietnamese government leaders as part of Operation Game Change in 2015.
The World Youth Wildlife Declaration now continues with the support of the largest youth movement on earth, Scouts. With the help of cub and scout groups across KwaZulu-Natal, 1st Howick are going lead a global clarion call to this global audience with the Lasher Tools Scouts #rhinoshoutout. The mission is to take the #rhinoshoutout challenge, Rhino Art and Wildlife Declaration to well over ten million scouts worldwide and to use their hearts and voices in the Scout Movement as a call to action against rhino poaching and all forms of wildlife crime.
Staging an event of this size and importance takes a considerable amount of dedication and financial contribution. If you too are concerned for the preservation of Africa’s wildlife and want to help 1st Howick, take part in the Howick Highlander MTB and trail-run event on the 31st July at the Karkloof Farmers Market. More information can be found at www.howickscouts.com.