The women travelled to ten countries and met with 37 organisations to see what is being done about the depleting elephant numbers in Africa.
Carla Geyser led a group of women on a journey from South Africa to Kenya to raise awareness and to gather funds for the protection of African elephants.
The demand for ivory has devastated numbers of the giant mammals, despite the hope fostered earlier this year when China banned the trade of ivory within its borders.
Much of the fight is up to law enforcement and politicians, but Geyser believes that anyone can contribute to saving these beautiful animals from extinction. That’s why, in 2016, Geyser launched an awareness campaign driven by ordinary people with no specialist skills, just the desire to help and make a difference.
Along with 12 other women, she made a pilgrimage over land from South Africa to Kenya to gather support for elephants.
The group put their lives on hold for 100 days to complete the 16 000 kilometre journey – one woman even resigned from her job to take part.
They travelled through ten countries along the way, calling themselves the Elephant Ignite crew, and visited 37 different organisations that are committed to protecting the animals. Their campaign raised awareness and crucial financial support for these important relief programmes.
“It’s the most incredible feeling when you get up close and personal with an African elephant,” explains Geyser. “I think every single child deserves the right to see an elephant in the wild.”
Today it’s considered a privilege to see an African elephant in the wild. One day soon, it may be a memory. Geyser and the Elephant Ignite crew have proven that with hard work and determination, change can come about.
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