The art of elephant conservation
Photo ©: Images supplied by Art Jamming
Children and South African celebrities released their Picasso potential during an art jam in aid of elephant conservation.
The paint-a-thon hosted by Artjamming and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on 11 - 12 July, saw TV presenter and former Miss South Africa Cindy Nel, actress and model Tanya Van Graan, professional soccer player Ryan Botha, Jacqui Mol, wife of Dr Michael Mol and radio DJs from Good Hope FM and MFM, painting doors alongside local kids and children from Reach for a Dream. Reality TV stars Ferdinand Rabie of Big Brother fame and Ishmail Hendricks of The Apprentice helped auction off finished artworks to raise for the IFAW elephant conservation projects.
According to a new report published by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), elephant poaching levels are at their worst in a decade and recorded ivory seizures are at their highest levels since 1989.
"Some people jam music, but today kids were given a chance to jam art and express their affection for elephants. When children speak, the world listens and the E-is-for-Elephants event gave them a chance to become youth activists for a day to save elephants," said Leora Israel of Artjamming.
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