Following the heartfelt call for urgent financial support, the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) has launched its annual calendar.
Titled Dawn to Dusk, this 2024 calendar is produced in partnership with Compass Cares, the CSI division of Compass Medical Waste Services. It features a collection of breathtaking photographs of South African wild animals threatened by habitat destruction, poaching, and climate change.
Well-known wildlife photographers Calvin Kotze, Hendri Venter, and Jon Warburton, as well as reserve owner, Charl Senekal, and guest photographer Tracey Lund, donated the beautiful images taken at Senekal’s Zimanga Game Reserve in Zululand. The calendar was designed by local designer and photographer Brendan Bromfield.
Help wild animals
“In today’s digital world, this calendar is a visual reminder of things that matter,” says CROW’s Operations Director, Clint Halkett-Siddall. “Besides it being the ideal corporate or personal gift, it is one way the public can support CROW’s work to help injured, orphaned, or displaced wild animals and give them a chance to live a free life back in the wild.”
“This year marks the 15th edition of Compass Medical Waste Services dedication to supporting animal welfare through their calendar initiative. Since its inception, this project has generated over R3 million in funds for the cause of animal welfare.”
With the collected funds CROW has been able to buy three vehicles that are used for rescues and releases of wild animals, seven days a week, every day of the year. In 2019, CROW used funds to upgrade the clinic where animals are treated; and in 2020 and 2021 the main monkey enclosures used for rehabilitation were rebuilt. The 2024 “Dusk to Dawn” calendar will help CROW achieve its ambition to go off the grid by using solar power to provide electricity for its entire property in Yellowwood Park, enabling the organisation to save in the long term on debilitating electricity costs.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response to the recent call for financial support,” said Halkett-Siddall at the launch. “And we would like to thank all who contributed and continue to contribute financially, and in kind, and to the media for getting the word out for us. While we are not entirely out of the woods, we are now not in any immediate crisis, which enables us to go about business as usual in helping wildlife. We are now able to focus on our other fundraising projects and long-term goals like getting the volunteer programme to capacity, developing our income-generating charity shop and indigenous nursery, as well as our vegetable garden to feed the animals. This calendar is one of several fundraisers we do, and we are hoping this year, we can break some records in selling out all 5000 copies soon.”
Ideal as a corporate and personal gift, the 2024 calendar is available in two formats and prices: a standing desk calendar costs R100 and an A2-sized wall calendar costs R200.
They are available from CROW at offices 15a Coedmore Avenue, Yellowwood Park as well as these KZN outlets:
- Aloe Vet: Shop F, Leonora Drive, Ballito
- Assagay Feeds: 7 Cliffdale Rd, Assagay, Hillcrest
- Carlyn Depot: 33 Acutt Road, Amanzimtoti
- Equitack and Animal Feeds: 1 Bona Terra Rd, Assagay
- Flowers on Kensington: 53 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban North
- Hillcrest Vet: 32 Old Main Road, Hillcrest
- Manors Vet Clinic: 41 Glenugie Rd, Pinetown
- Rinaldo Riverside Veterinary Clinic: 102 Umhlanga Rocks Dr, Durban North, 4051
- Village Vet: 2 St Marys Rd, Kloof
- Watercrest Vet: 5 Rowles Ave, Waterfall
- Westville Veterinary Hospital: 31 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville
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