Ma­king it their bu­si­ness to gi­ve back

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Sa­ma­ra P­ri­va­te Ga­me Re­ser­ve, es­ta­blis­hed in 1997 by Mark and Sa­rah Tomp­kins ne­ar Graaff­rei­net, is ho­me to a pas­si­o­na­te con­ser­va­ti­on un­der­ta­king.

Sin­ce 2010, through their Wild­li­fe Vo­lun­teer Pro­gram­me, Sa­ma­ra has de­ve­lo­ped a c­lo­se re­la­ti­ons­hip with Vuy­a­ni Sa­ve Ha­ven, a C­hild and Youth Ca­re Cen­t­re in Graaff-rei­net for a­bu­sed and se­ver­e­ly neg­lected child­ren.

The sub­sidy Vuy­a­ni re­cei­ves from the De­part­ment of So­ci­al De­ve­lop­ment on­ly co­vers a­bout 40% of the ac­tu­al run­ning cos­ts, and so Vuy­a­ni still de­pends he­a­vi­ly on sup­port from the pu­blic and in­di­vi­du­als to be a­ble to meet all the needs of the child­ren.

Du­ring the mont­hs of Ju­ne, Ju­ly and Au­gust, the Sa­ma­ra vo­lun­teer pro­gram­me is o­pen to the child­ren of Vuy­a­ni, who get to vi­sit Sa­ma­ra for en­vi­ron­men­tal fun days w­he­re they le­arn a­bout na­tu­re and con­ser­va­ti­on.

The vo­lun­teer group al­so spend ti­me at Vuy­a­ni hel­ping out with a va­ri­e­ty of needs at the ho­me.

Sa­rah Tomp­kins, the vi­si­o­na­ry of Sa­ma­ra P­ri­va­te Ga­me Re­ser­ve, as well as her daug­h­ter, I­sa­bel­le, ha­ve been in­stru­men­tal in hel­ping the Vuy­a­ni child­ren in ma­ny ways, in­clu­ding the vo­lun­teer pro­gram­me. Gue­sts at Sa­ma­ra are in­vi­ted to be part of the Pack for a Pur­po­se pro­gram­me w­he­re­by Vuy­a­ni re­cei­ves do­na­ti­ons in kind, for ex­am­ple s­chool sta­ti­o­ne­ry, ga­mes and clo­thing.

A furt­her i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve is the an­nu­al Chris­t­mas par­ty for Vuy­a­ni’s child­ren and staff through the Friends of Sa­ma­ra i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve, w­he­re clot­hes and a pre­sent for each c­hild is spon­so­red by ge­ne­rous do­nors.

Vuy­a­ni is a X­ho­sa word, me­a­ning joy, and through the on­going com­mit­ment of Sa­rah and I­sa­bel­le Tomp­kins and the vo­lun­teer pro­gram­me of Sa­ma­ra P­ri­va­te Ga­me Re­ser­ve, it is ho­ped that true joy can a­gain be re­sto­red to the child­ren of Vuy­a­ni.

Mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on on the va­ri­ous i­ni­ti­a­ti­ves can be found on https://­ma­­pe­rien­ce/ vo­lun­teer/ and http://www. pack­fo­ra­pur­po­­ti­na­ti­ons/ a­fri­ca/south-a­fri­ca/sa­ma­ra-pri­va­te­ga­me-re­ser­ve

Kids par­ti­ci­pa­te in S­pek­boom plan­ting at Sa­ma­ra.

A ga­me d­ri­ve on Youth day with Jan Dunn, le­a­der of the 2018 Wild­li­fe Vo­lun­teer Pro­gram­me at Sa­ma­ra.

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