Journal

Charity and Meeting Born Free Founder

On 3rd of May 2013 we were invited to the charity auction that concluded the project “Pride of Cape Town“, initiated by the Born Free Foundation and Wild in Art Project.

Held at the Moyo restaurant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town the action featured special guest speaker Virginia McKenna, founder of Born Free and starring actor in the famous movie Born Free which some of us might still remember from when they were young.

On 3rd of May 2013 we were invited to the charity auction that concluded the project “Pride of Cape Town“, initiated by the Born Free Foundation and Wild in Art Project.

Held at the Moyo restaurant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town the action featured special guest speaker Virginia McKenna, founder of Born Free and starring actor in the famous movie Born Free which some of us might still remember from when they were young.

What a special evening it was!

Auctioneer Alan “Chubby” Ford brought all 30 lion sculptures under the hammer and the event raised a proudly R300 000 in the aid of lion conservation and welfare.

We were very fortunate to “get” our lion sculpture “Novartis” and paying our contribution to the amazing conservation work done for the big cats which are part of the threatened wild animals on this planet and whose numbers are drastically decreasing.

The highlight of the evening and the sculpture that raised the most money was “Freddie” sponsored by the Mercury Phoenix Trust and of course the “People Lion” sponsored by people all around the world and carrying personal messages of its sponsors.

As a special honor we had the opportunity of talking to Virginia McKenna personally after the event, chatting about being in the bush on safari and Klaus’s photography. She is a very special and warm-hearted person, while talking to her it felt like we knew her already for a long time. One sentence that Virginia said that evening which is still present in our minds was about the “little” wonders of nature that we must not forget while being out there and looking for the perfect moment to take pictures of one of the Big5. “Feel rewarded and appreciate that you can go out there in the bush and experience all these different moments and see all wildlife big and small”.