Charon from the hotel phoned and asked if I wouldn't do her a favour and take photos of the evening for her, so after work I went home to collect my camera and as I stepped out my front door, this is the scene that greeted me!
And to my right, this is what I saw.
And now for the rhino evening:
The organizer of the evening Vlam Barnard gave a very moving speech and told us how the rhino are poached and that there are sometimes survivors and orphans that remain behind. This group of wonderful people are fund raising for the orphanage which is doing an incredible job. They are travelling with a musician who was a real hit!
The MC that is travelling with them is Ferdinand Rabie (for those of you who watch television he was a Big Brother winner). He was extremely entertaining and made an excellent auctioneer. A demijohn of wine was auctioned off as well as two wonderful paintings of rhino that had been poached and had their horns removed, one of which had survived and the other not. Extremely sad indeed!!! The one that has survived had her head slashed so hard that her brains were showing when she was found. I find it so hard to believe that any living being can do this to another living creature! Lah Di Dah were very generous in sponsoring hampers and a mirror that was also auctioned off. Thank you to Bergwater wines for supplying the wine for the evening. I'd personally like to say a huge thank you to all those who put their hands in their pockets and bought the items.
I'd also like to say a huge thank you to Charon Landman of the Swartberg Hotel and her team for getting this all together at such short notice and doing an excellent job of it!! It really was a lovely evening enjoyed by all.
The group are travelling with a tractor and trailer carrying these gorgeous rhino for all to see.
Charon and Ferdi
Charon and the showman
More delicious food...
The ladies laying the table
The chef and her helpers
The wonderful entertainer, the young Mr Tossel (he was incredible!!!)
Enjoying the fare
Toni Younghusband and Kevin Jacobs
Brian and Marion Finch
Cecille and Annalie
Vlam enjoying a bite to eat
The two Rabies, Ferdi and Annalie (no relation)
Kevin and Ferdi
Jannie Swan the medic and friend
Melinda and Charon enjoying a joke
The rhino on the right hand side did not recover after infection set in from the horn being hacked off too low
This lady survived her head being slashed and this is what she looks like today
Ferdi auctioning off the mirror
Johan and Elize Senekal
Come on, give us more.....