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Elephant Whisperer Documentary & Meal - Class 12 FUNDRAISER: 7pm
Class 12 is holding a documentary screening of the Elephant Whisperer - the inspiring story of one woman’s fight to save one of the planet’s largest animals. Lek Chailert has rescued hundreds of Asian Elephants from abuse in the tourism, logging and street begging industries over the past 20 years. Working from a remote village in Northern Thailand, she continues her dangerous work despite obstacles and death threats. Running this sanctuary, Lek has devoted her life to saving this animal. As experts predict the Asian Elephant faces extinction within four decades, her work is needed now more than ever.
The Elephant Park Sanctuary created by Lek is one of the projects the Class 12 students will be volunteering at during their Cultural and Social Service Trip to Thailand in January 2017. The evening will be a wonderful opportunity to see this important work and the difference one woman’s initiative can make in the world.
This will be the class’s final fundraising project for the trip. The film will be shown on a large screen with a Thai meal also available for a thought-provoking and nourishing night out. All welcome – tickets available via the school office.
Ticket & Meal: $15
Trip Information: Class 12, 2016 is carrying on an initiative started by the first Class 12 of 2013 to venture overseas on a Social Service and Cultural Trip.
They are traveling to Thailand in January 2017 where they will be working with two great NGO’s as well as undertaking cultural activities and sightseeing.
Firstly, they will be volunteering with The Branch Foundation at the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp which aids displaced ethnic Shan. This organisation was co-founded by one of the first Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School pupils, Iona Proebst. The Branch Foundation is doing amazing work in South East Asia and on the Thai-Myanmar/Burma border in particular. Iona has a degree in Social Anthropology and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development from the University of Auckland. In 2014 she was awarded a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Visit www.thebranchfoundation.org to read more about the organisation and the real difference Iona is making in the world.
And secondly, with the Elephant Nature Park (www.elephantnaturepark.org). This project supports elephants living free in their homelands, improving local community living standards, and working together with the local community while living in a cultural exchange in a mountain village.
This is their final “camp” together as a class - taking them out of their comfort zone to a world vastly different to their NZ lifestyle - an opportunity to experience real issues of the world and perhaps inspire ways to contribute to the future.