Anton Fouché pulled this very peculiar rhino specimen into town last Friday. He is pulling George the Rhino, a rhino replica weighing in at 80kg, all the way from Pretoria to Musina to raise funds and awareness about rhino poaching. His campaign is called Lenaka La Tshukudu.
Every red spot painted on the rhino represents a rhino that has been poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year.
“The aim of my project is not only to raise funds, but also to get people thinking and talking about rhino poaching,” said Fouché on Friday. Fouché and George also paid a visit to the Makhado Crossing on Saturday, before setting off for Musina on Monday.
Fouché started his 518km journey on Monday, 19 August, at the Kolonnade Shopping Centre in Pretoria, dragging George all the way himself.
According to Fouché, he became involved with the campaign because he wanted to make a difference. “Rhino poaching is a harsh reality, and we need to get out there and make people aware of this. I believe that if you are able to change someone’s heart, it will be changed for life.”
For Fouché, hailing from Lephalale, this is the fifth awareness project. He has been doing this type of awareness project since 2009.
During Fouché’s visit, George had 584 red dots. “As soon as I get a chance, I’ll update the dots; I’m a week behind,” said Fouché. More....