A Pajero to save the rhinos

2019-10-22 06:00
Sally Wellbeloved wants to donate a Pajero to the Black Mamba Anti-poaching Unit to save the rhinos.

Sally Wellbeloved wants to donate a Pajero to the Black Mamba Anti-poaching Unit to save the rhinos.

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After being burdened with the steep payments on a Mitsubishi Pajero, a Scarborough-resident decided the car may be better utilised by the people fighting to save the rhinos.

But she still needs help to settle the costs.

Sally Wellbeloved, a fine-art photographer, developed the idea of The Power of 2000 initiative with the help of an online forum and the need to get rid of a big problem.

She explains: “After a relationship ended, I was left with a big vehicle that I could not afford. I had helped my partner buy and finance it in my name, so it became my burden.”

She adds: “I tried to sell it, and I tried and I tried and didn’t get anywhere. I was exhausted and ready to drive myself and the car over a cliff and then I posted on South Peninsula Moms.”

She received some advice from a mother who said she should sell the car to several people who would share it.

This wasn’t an idea she thought would work, “but something said don’t dismiss the idea, there’s something here”.

The car’s finance amount was R195 000 and with the new set of tyres needed, she rounded off the number to R200 000 and started fundraising for The Power of 2000.

“With the Power of 2000 we get 2 000 people to each put in R100 and we donate the car to a place that’s fighting poaching (Black Mamba Anti-poaching Unit) and the car can go and do something amazing, and help to save the rhinos.”

According to a statement, the Black Mamba Anti-poaching Unit is the first majority female anti-poaching unit in Africa.

Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC, it (Black Mamba Anti-poaching Unit) protects all boundaries of Balule Nature Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park.

Her reason for wanting to donate the car to the organisation was threefold. In addition to supporting an amazing cause, she says: “Well, A, they (rhinos) are under such severe stress, and, B, it ties in with the type of vehicle; it’s a very capable 4x4. 

“I was thinking of where it could go to fulfil its true potential. It is the most incredible car for tough, African conditions. It was about where it could go and be a real workhorse.”

She spoke to Craig Spencer, conservationist and founder of the Black Mambas, who said the Pajero would cater to the needs of the unit and its sister organisation, the Bush Babies. 

“They go to all of the locations and villages and communities in the Kruger National Park area and they’ve got an educational campaign where they teach the kids about conservation. Their car is always breaking down and preventing them from doing their work.”

Currently, she has managed to raise R52 000, and hopes more people will get involved.

“Small actions by many people can produce great results,” she says.

She was invited by Bergvliet High School to do a talk about her story. The school is doing a fundraiser for her cause, trying to raise R50 000 to buy artworks. 

“It will be amazing if they achieve it,” she says.

  • V  To donate to the cause, visit: www.backabuddy.co.za/the-power-of-2000.

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