12-year-old aims to save the rhinos

2015-09-29 06:00
The fun loving Jonathan Hardcastle  (Jonty).
 Photo: David Rees

The fun loving Jonathan Hardcastle (Jonty). Photo: David Rees

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LIKE all 12 year old boys Jonathan Hardcastle (Jonty), enjoys being outdoors, scale- modeling and socialising with friends, however what sets this lad apart from the rest is his commitment to creating awareness for the rhinos and other endangered animals.

For 2015 this little lad single-handedly raised well over R4000 for his cause and is still going strong.

Speaking to the Fever Hardcastle said his passion for this amazing cause began in 2013.

“I read an article in a newspaper and also heard Lawrence Munro (head of KZN-Rhino Operations Unit) speaking on East Coast Radio, about the work he does with rhinos and other animals. I was inspired to make a difference for my favourite rhinos at Tala Game Reserve,” he said.

“Mr Munro taught me that if mankind cannot protect one of the largest endangered animals, how can we convince people to protect much smaller endangered animals, like threatened frogs and toads! God asked us to look after his animals and because of greed many, many animals are threatened.”

Hardcastle said that man needs to think about others, human or animal, as more than himself.

For 2015 the inspirational go-getter said he is raising money for the RAVE Rhino and Wildlife project team, based in Winston Park, who protect the Tala rhinos 24 hours a day.

Speaking about his role models Hardcastle said that it definitely has to be his dad, “My dad helps people every day and makes a difference in the world. Some of my other role models are: Dave from First Hillcrest Scouts who inspires me to be the best person I can be and always give my best, my grandpa as he loves and supports us as a family and also helps others, Mr Hawes, my HoD at school since he believes in my dreams and has helped me to realize them, Nelson Mandela who inspired me to make a stand against things that are not right such as poaching and Lawrence Munro, who keeps on going despite things being really difficult for him. Mostly, my inspiration comes from my love for God, who helps me to love, help and serve others, men or animals.”

Describing himself as creative, Hardcastle said that he is most proud of his family as they are fun and they spend lots of time together.

Hardcastle’s message to the youth is to always have faith and trust in God.

“Jeremiah 29:11, believe in the unique person God made you to be. Just because you are little does not mean you cannot make a big difference – believe in yourself,” he concluded

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