A noble donation to protect rhinos

2013-01-12 00:00

MORGAN Kelly, an American visitor to South Africa, sacrificed her birthday gift for a good cause.

Instead of buying a gift — some clothes and a piece of jewellery — Kelly (28), who celebrated her birthday on January 7, opted to donate R3 000 to KZN Rhino Watch.

Kelly told Weekend Witness she had heard about rhino poaching before and it was only after she saw them in their natural habitat that it became real to her.

“I felt that I needed to try and make a difference. Being able to go to places like Tala and be able to watch and observe them and see what gentle creatures they are, it disgusts me that uneducated and greedy individuals would kill them for the purposes that they are and even at all,” she said.

Her husband, Gavin, was born in Cape Town and spent most of his life in Durban.

He said his wife finds rhinos “majestic”.

“She has always had an affinity for rhinos and seeing them up close, especially at Tala, made her fall in love with them.”

The couple, who live in the Netherlands, were in South Africa for their wedding in Ballito last month, and also to spend Christmas with family.

Gavin said they did some research before deciding on which charity to donate to, asking for advice on social networking sites.

He said people suggested the East Coast Radio charity, KZN Rhino Watch, to which they donated the money.

“I really hope that the donation that we made and all the other donations that are received will help keep the helicopter in the air and raise more awareness for rhino poaching,” his wife said.

The couple have been together for two years and married for three weeks. They share a love for travelling and have both visited over 45 countries.

“We both love travelling and our work [they both work in the marine field] allows us this luxury,” Gavin said.

Gavin said they love everything about South Africa and hope to be back within four years.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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