Heike’s brown­ies help rhi­nos

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REXINE HAWES

For six months Heike Jensen has made batches and batches of brown­ies.

It’s not be­cause she loves the de­li­cious treat, but be­cause she wants to do her part to pro­tect rhino in South Africa from poach­ers.

Once a month since March, nine-year-old Heike has been hold­ing bake sales at Mata­mata Chris­tian School, where she at­tends, to raise funds for the Save the Sur­vivors foun­da­tion in South Africa.

Sav­ing the Sur­vivors aim is to treat and care for rhi­nos, ele­phants and other en­dan­gered wildlife that have fallen vic­tim to poach­ing or trau­matic in­ci­dents.

The rhino is the main fo­cus of their work.

In many cases the rhino are darted, their tusks re­moved and the an­i­mal left to die.

Many fe­males have calves, which are de­pen­dant on their moth­ers for three years.

Vol­un­teers treat the in­jured an­i­mals and pro­vide care for the or­phans.

An­nu­ally, be­tween 80-120 rhi­nos ben­e­fit from the Sav­ing the Sur­vivors or­gan­i­sa­tion, but in 2015, over 1300 were vic­tims of poach­ing.

‘‘The rhi­nos could be ex­tinct soon, so peo­ple might grow up and not know what a rhino is, and not re­mem­ber one of God’s amaz­ing crea­tures,’’ said Heike.

‘‘I felt pretty sad be­cause they were dy­ing. We want those rhino’s to sur­vive.’’

Heike and her fam­ily are from Pre­to­ria, South Africa.

She in­tends to hand the money over di­rect when she and her fam­ily visit the foun­da­tion when they travel there in Oc­to­ber.

While there she will visit the rhino or­phan­age and see first hand how the money will be spent.

She orig­i­nally hoped to raise $250 from the bake sales, but has al­ready col­lected close to $500.

Dad Mike Jansen says he es­ti­mates they will have raised $800 by Oc­to­ber.

Hamil­ton Zoo found out about Heike’s fundrais­ing project and in­vited her to visit the rhino.

‘‘It was ex­cit­ing to see the rhino and see they were be­ing taken care of,’’ she said.

‘‘They were re­ally rough to touch and I wasn’t scared.’’

If any­one would like to make a do­na­tion for Heike Jensen, to give to the Save the Sur­vivors foun­da­tion, please drop it to the Mata­mata Chris­tian School of­fice on Smith St in Mata­mata by the end of Septem­ber.


Heike is help­ing to save the sur­vivors by sell­ing baked goods.

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