Save rhino campaign is an art
ONE man’s vision to help save rhinos has come to life. Brandon Challis has created a positive way for everyone in South Africa to become involved in doing something to save the rhinos.
While we may feel helpless at the moment, his idea is to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest painting. The painting will have 1 200 life-size rhinos, which are how many rhinos that are killed each year by poachers, said Challis.
“The aim is to take this Guinness World Record painting to Vietnam and China and get children involved in those countries to change the minds of their elders that are using rhino horn. I had a break from the project after breaking my feet and ending up in a wheelchair in 2013. I also have two boys to support and UCT is expensive. This project is self-funded and my way to reduce demand in Southeast Asia. The poachers are poor desperate people, so I don’t blame them.”
Last Friday on World Rhino Day, 36 schools participated by completing their own paintings. The paintings will then be sewn together to equal 11 000m² which could cover the Newlands Cricket Field.
“This has been a passion of mine ever since I saw the increase in demand for rhino horn and thus poaching in 2007. I started painting in 2013 with kids at the Kiderhuis Orphanage in the northern suburbs.”
He visited Camps Bay Primary School, where the kids were ecstatic to paint with him. They completed a 300m² painting. A Grade 4 pupil at Camps Bay Primary, Georgia Altbeker, 10, said: “This project was great to work on and I think I speak on behalf of all the pupils in the eco club and art club that we had fun. We think this project will make people around the world think twice about poaching rhinos.”
The schools eco club head said the protection of animals is very close to many of their children’s and teacher’s hearts.
“We had been looking for an animal-focused project, and when we heard about Brandon’s exciting initiative we didn’t need a second to think about it… we were in. We managed to finish the piece in less than a week. The moment that made my heart explode with pride was seeing colourful feet and hands, mixing and merging and painting and creating, a collaborated piece of art.” – JBJ Reporter
a 300m² cloth with a life-size rhino on it. They are doing this in an It s Rhino Day at Camps Bay Primary School. Pupils have paintedPictures: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA) attempt to break the World Guinness record for the longest painting.
Camps Bay Primary School has painted a 300m² cloth.