Stephanie the white knight of li­ons

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WHEN she boards the 11-hour flight to the Global White Lion Pro­tec­tion Trust in South Africa this Septem­ber, Stephanie Haynes (23) says it will be im­pos­si­ble to sleep.

“It is a long way and I try to sleep, but I am too ex­cited,” the Ro­tary of Craw­ley 2013 di­ver­sity schol­ar­ship win­ner said.

Her fa­ther John Haynes said their fam­ily and friends were fundrais­ing to save the white li­ons ahead of Miss Haynes’ third trip to Africa since 2013.

“Stephanie is in­ter­ested in the con­ser­va­tion of all an­i­mals left in the world and she is es­pe­cially wor­ried about canned lion hunt­ing where they grow an­i­mals to be shot,” Mr Haynes said.

Miss Haynes said she had loved an­i­mals from a very young age.

“They said I wouldn’t talk and I wouldn’t walk be­cause I have an (in­tel­lec­tual) dis­abil­ity,” she said.

“But when I was young, I would stand up and only watch an­i­mal shows like David At­ten­bor­ough and ABC.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d438294

Con­ser­va­tion takes pride of place: Stephanie Haynes is head­ing to South Africa to the Global White Lion Pro­tec­tion Trust in Septem­ber.

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