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Rhino Project on the Radar for Starkey Service

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Week 5, Term Four, 2020

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Recently Starkey 2 along with Starkey 10 held our annual ice cream stall to raise funds for the Australian Rhino Project. Everyone from these Pastoral Care Groups brought in ice cream or toppings for the stall and helped out on the day.

During lunchtime, the busy stall began. For the first round, many Senior School students bought some of the delicious ice cream but as soon as it was the Junior School’s lunch time we had kids running from all angles to line up for ice cream (after they had eaten their proper lunch first of course). It had been a long time since we had been able to host an ice cream fundraiser stall due to COVID-19 so everyone was keen to buy one. The line was around 50 people long during the Junior School lunch, so Starkey 2 and 10 were very busy making sure everyone got served. The ice cream stall raised over $300 for the project and we sold over 100 ice creams.

The Australian Rhino Project is a conservation organisation which is committed to working as part of the collective international fight to protect African rhinoceros from extinction.

The Australian Rhino Project, together with Royal Zoological Society of South Australia, Orana Wildlife Park and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, are currently working to expand the population of white rhinos in Australia and New Zealand to maintain a genetically diverse breeding crash that can act as an insurance population should the rhino become extinct in its African homeland.

Why move rhinos to Australia? * A rhino population already exists in Australia and we need to maintain the genetic biodiversity of the existing population
* Australia has the landscape, climate and proven expertise to manage these species effectively and successfully
* The rhinos that are brought to Australia will be cared for under guardianship with a conservation focus
* The ultimate goal is the repatriation of rhinoceros back into Africa when it is safe to do so in the future

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please click HERE.

A big thanks to everyone who participated in working the stall for Semester Two Service but at the end of the day we all did it because we love the rhinos.

Lastly, a big thanks to Mrs Hossy and Mrs Wheeler for organizing it all. Good luck to the Australian Rhino Project in securing those animals in Australia to preserve them for the future.

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