Durban-based wildlife rehabilitation centre, CROW, was presented with a brand new utility bakkie on March 13 thanks to an international calendar campaign by Under An African Sky.

Under An African Sky is a voluntary association established in 2009 by Westville-based Compass Waste Services to raise funds for wildlife conservation. The association, with the support of volunteers and sponsors, produces a highly acclaimed limited edition calendar that is distributed worldwide in an effort to raise funds for animal welfare. To date, over R1.1million has been raised. 

Speaking at the vehicle’s official handover ceremony, CROW’s Director, Claire Hodgkinson said the organisation was committed to educating local children and young people about the role that they can play in conserving and protecting their local wildlife. The new vehicle will be used to deliver and expand CROW’s Wildlife Warriors Environmental Education programme to over 10 000 children living in rural areas surrounding Durban.

“Trying to prevent some of the human-inflicted injuries we witness on a daily basis through our environmental education programme is an increasingly important part of our work. CROW is so grateful to Compass and Under an African Sky as well as its corporate sponsors and the public for their on-going support and for helping us to secure a better future for our wildlife,” she said.

Under an African Sky is currently looking for corporate page sponsors for its 2016 wildlife calendar. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Shantell Van Jaarsveld at shantell@compass.za.net