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DON'T MISS IT: OLLI Homecoming Campfire and documentary premiere

JULY 20, 2016
DON'T MISS IT: OLLI Homecoming Campfire and documentary premiere

Save the date of Friday 5 August and be part of the live audience for the One Land Love It (OLLI) Expedition Documentary.  Hear first-hand from intrepid cyclist Wayne Bolton and his support team the tales of adventure and inspiration in aid of our rhino and natural heritage.

The One Land Love It Expedition 2015/2016, which ended at Addo Elephant National Park in February, was a successful fundraising and awareness cycle. Port Elizabeth businessman, Wayne Bolton, cycled 6000km over 80 days to all 19 South African National Parks (SANParks), where he interacted with staff from all the parks.  Upon his return, one of the things he highlighted was how prevalent the threat to the rhino and the natural heritage is.

The escalation of poaching in South Africa and the continent as a whole is alarming, with statistics showing that Africa has lost 90% of its elephant population in the last century and if nothing changes the elephant along with the rhino could be extinct by 2025.

According to John Adendorff, Addo Elephant National Park’s Conservation Manager, “The Eastern Cape is home to the largest population Black Rhino sub-species bicornis bicornis (meaning two-horned), the desert rhino. Any rhino lost is a disaster, but losing one desert rhino could equate to 150 white rhino lost. This is purely based on numbers and the threatened status of the species. For this reason we value the support and awareness created by OLLI.”

Wayne, who considers himself just another ordinary South African, says that; “Ordinary people have to make a difference. We can contribute to the cause in any number of ways - from investing money in suitable organisations, to lobbying government for a stronger response. Even by creating awareness through education to those that don't yet know, even if it is just a like or a share on social media.”

Wayne Bolton and his family will be taking to the stage at the Sun Boardwalk Amphitheatre and they are inviting you to be part of journey through their #jointcustody campaign. The evening will take the format of a winter campfire setting where the Boltons will recount stories of their journey. His wife, Nikki, headed up the support team that included their retired parents and children who joined their parents at various points of the expedition to cycle with their father and assist in the support roles.

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile, said; “We need to value and protect our delicate and endangered species such as the rhinoceros in order to foster a sustainable tourism industry.  Wildlife and natural open spaces provides great value not only as a unique tourist attraction globally but for local visitors as well.”

OLLI gained significant exposure in a friendly media environment and much financial support from a generous public and supportive corporate environment. The community is still able to support OLLI's registered beneficiaries, the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Care for Wild Africa, for whom they have, to date, raised over R140 000. The Honorary Rangers are using the funds towards their counter-poaching initiatives, while Care for Wild takes care of the other end of the story by raising and rehabilitating orphaned rhino calves.

Adventurers and celebrities including Kingsley Holgate, Ashley Dowds, Braam Malherbe, Peter van Kets and more have endorsed OLLI and Wayne’s efforts. If you want to join their journey of #jointcustody, then you can purchase tickets to their Homecoming Campfire from Alpha Labour Solutions or contact Nikki at [email protected] or 083 642 2374.

Tickets cost R120. The evening will begin with hot venison potjie meal from 6pm, with musical entertainment followed by the family recounting the expedition for guests.