‘Cafe for a Cause’ supporting ‘Wilderness Foundation’


The wonderful ‘Cafe for A Cause’, birth-child of  the dynamic Danbury trio: Alison Kerren,  Kristina Francis and Diane Mason is supporting the amazing ‘Wilderness Foundation’ this Friday 1st May at St Andrews Hall, Little Baddow, Essex from 9-11am. Every month ‘Cafe for a Cause’ raises large funds for varied charities. This Friday, The Cafe is supporting the Wilderness Foundation.

Debbie De Boltz, Development Manager at Wilderness Foundation, will explain their Wild Swans project which will enable disadvantaged and vulnerable South African girls to get to school; something they are unable to do at present.  “Wild Swans aims to develop confident, well-informed young women, empowered with skills to grow their vision and passion to make a difference in society and the protection of the natural world.” 

Zulucow will also be there, proudly supporting the ‘Wilderness Foundation’, a charity which works to ‘Protect the world’s last remaining wild areas while making a difference to local communities’ in South Africa, something very close to our hearts and ethos.

‘Wilderness Foundation South Africa’ was founded by Dr Ian Player in South Africa. Dr Player was one of the world’s leading conservationists. He had a longterm remarkable friendship with Zulu chief and game scout, Magqubu Ntombela. Together they worked to conserve the South African wilderness. They successfully saved the few remaining white rhino in South Africa. The source of Player’s energy was a belief in the spiritual value of wild places, which he saw as offering the hope of a ‘renewal of mankind’. He learned this from charismatic Zulu Magqubu Ntombela. Player founded the Wilderness Leadership school which led to the formation of the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation (WILD), the Wilderness Foundation South Africa, and the Wilderness Foundation UK.

Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela

(Photo: Trevor Barrett)

Together, in the 1950s, Dr Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela pioneered the idea of designating areas of wilderness for “trails” – in which small guided groups of visitors would be allowed to enter the wilderness on foot. In 1963 Player and Ntombela founded a Wilderness Leadership School with the aim of taking young people with leadership potential into the wilderness to encourage them to “question their place in the great scheme of things”.

“Every year, we provide opportunities for individuals and groups to directly experience the irreplaceable quality of wilderness, both as a positive force for social and environmental sustainability and as a forum for personal growth and change.  Our participants benefit from nature’s significant contribution to the discovery of identity and perspective, as well as leadership training and development. In the last year over 3,000 have benefited from our work including the hardest-to-reach, most-disadvantaged young people in society. The Wilderness Foundation harnesses the positive power of nature to change lives.”