If you’ve been reading ‘Elephant Dance’ or my blogs lately you’re well aware that the Asian elephant is in big trouble. Nowhere is this more graphic than in places like Thailand, where you might get to ride a tame elephant while you’re on holiday but you’re a lot less likely to see a herd in the wild.
I recently met some very enthusiastic elephant lovers from the Elephant Nature Foundation of Australia, Celia and Emily McWilliam. They are raising funds and awareness for Asian elephant conservation, especially those in Thailand. ENFA is associated with a sanctuary for abused and neglected elephants called the Elephant Nature Park (you can read about it on their website). The stories of the elephants living at the park are pretty harrowing. I was shocked to read about one elephant called Dok Ngern (meaning silver flower) who was used as a street beggar and was severely mistreated before she was taken in. Other elephants there have come from the logging industry, ironically once employed to destroy the habitat they would once have lived in, and discarded at the end of their usefulness as workers in the industry. Some have come from the circus. All of them have suffered much more than any animal should have to.
Want to get involved and do something? Well, ENFA is hosting a night of elephant fun and games in Sydney next month on the night of Earth Hour – 27th March – to raise money for these neglected elephants. It’s guaranteed to be a great night and I’ll be there rambling on about elephants again. One of Nafisa’s original exclusive elephant artworks will be up for grabs. So if you live in Sydney, put it in your diary! The details are below. What better way to celebrate the planet we live in and the animals we share it with than the night of Earth Hour. Hope to see you there!
ELEPHANT NATURE FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA FUNDRAISER DINNER
SATURDAY MARCH 27TH 2010 7.00PM
FIREHOUSE HOTEL 86 WALKER STREET, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW.
Tickets $20 inc 1 drink or $35 inc 1 drink and 1 main meal. Lots of games, auction items, entertainment and most of all a FUN night to raise lots of money for Elephant Nature Park! TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW
HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS.
1. Decide if you would like the drink or drink and meal
2. Round up your friends and family and work out how many tickets you would like
3. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of tickets you want and how many to include dinner and how many without dinner
4. Make your payment to the details below use your name as the bank reference or by cheque to the address below
5. Once payment is received you will receive a confirmation email with your tickets
(please allow up to 10 days for your confirmation email, as we are volunteers it might take us a while to get back to you)
Payment can be made at: NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK BSB 082- 401 Acc # 896309560 OR BY POST TO: PO BOX 751, FRESHWATER LPO. 2096. NSW. TICKETS ARE LIMITED TO JUST 200 MEAL PACKAGES AND 150 DRINK PACKAGE SO
BOOK EARLY, 1st COME 1ST SERVED
WE CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL THERE
We are aiming to raise $10,000 for ticket sales and on the night!