Small hero with a big heart

Cooper College is very proud of its student, Alyssa Carter, who has been very busy with her Save the Rhinos campaign. In May 2015, she handed over her first two Sniffer Dogs to the Marakele National Park at a big event attended by well over 100 adults and more than 40 children who were very inspired by Alyssa.

In the July school holidays Alyssa and Clement Mkhize, fine artist for Or-Gari Golden Safari, painted a life-sized Black Rhino, which now has a permanent home in The Park’s Shop in Skukuza, Kruger National Park. This Rhino features various images designed by Alyssa. It also has a slot for donations and in just two weeks, over R1500 was raised.

During July 2015, Alyssa gave a PowerPoint presentation to the residents at Riverside Manor  Retirement Estate, where a substantial amount of sales and donations were made. She was also involved in a fundraiser event at the end of July, which took place at Molly Malones in Fourways as organised by members of the Drumblade Conservancy, which included her PowerPoint presentation to over 30 children. Further sales and donations were welcomed.

Alyssa also had the opportunity to give her PowerPoint presentation to 400 children at the University of Witwatersrand as part of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. These children were very supportive and encouraging, and gave Alyssa huge rounds of applause as she shared her success story with them. Many children bought items from Alyssa, and made donations too, showing the true compassion in the hearts of children.

In early 2016, Alyssa was selected as a finalist in the Eco-Logic Eco-Youth Awards category.  You can follow Alyssa’s progress on her Facebook page: ‘Alyssa’s Save the Rhinos’

As Alyssa says, ‘Anyone can make a BIG difference, no matter how small you are!’