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Demini roars off to help the big five in South Africa
A PASSIONATE conservationist from Hyde has launched a fundraising campaign to help conserve the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and the elephant in South Africa.
Demini Aves, 34, has run The Stables Tearoom in Hyde for the last nine years but will be swapping the New Forest for the South African Savannah next year.
She said: “I am incredibly passionate about conserving our diminishing wildlife and I am going to make a difference. I have decided to take some time out from work and volunteer at a non-profit organisation called Enkosini.
“My six-week journey starts on February 3 and will involve helping with the conservation of the big five – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard, but also clean-up operations and road maintenance and repairs within the reserve.
“While I am at the game reserves I will be fortunate enough to help at two small schools.
“The Holy Family Orphanage is a Catholic-run HIV orphanage, where I will be helping with English and educating the children on the bigger picture of conservation.
“I will also be helping at a low-resource farm school. These children, aged between four and 15, have a 10km walk to school and back every day.
“My help with maths, English and|science will hopefully make a valuable contribution to their education.”
Ms Aves’ trip will cost about £5,000 and she is appealing for help to raise the money. She is also holding events in the run-up to the trip.
On October 5 at The Stables Tearoom there will be a fun evening with face painting for children and live music. Tickets are £15 including food and the first drink.
Ms Aves would also like donations for the raffle – contact her on 01425 655 392 or drop donations into the tearooms, where you can also buy tickets to the event, from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am-4pm, or Monday from 10am until 4pm.
Ms Aves is also asking friends, family and customers to sponsor her to have her hair shaved off.
She added: “If I can raise £2,000 I will shave my hair at Christmas and donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs for children who have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.”
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