SAVING AFRICA'S WILDLIFE THROUGH EDUCATION
BORN TO FLY
A chance meeting at our studio one day with Max Gower, a man who had recently lost his brother; Roger. Roger was a conservation helicopter pilot in Kenya, protecting endangered animals from poachers.
He was shot down and killed by poachers while out on a routine flight one day over protected grounds.
Max was heartbroken but knew he needed to carry on his brother's legacy. After hearing him tell his story and learning about his intentions to start a charity in his brother's name to build schools in Kipsing, Kenya; we knew this was something we wanted to be involved in.
12 days later we were on a flight heading to Africa, travelling across the desert by land and air to the small settlement of Kipsing.
Here is a short extract from the Born to Fly website explaining the charity and its importance:
Many men in East Africa grow up in inter-tribal conflict, without any formal education, and limited means to support their families. By contrast, the sale of a single pair of tusks could feed and protect their family for years.
This human instability is one of the biggest root causes of our elephant crisis. Our charity aims to address this issue by developing schools in troubled areas. Schools give children the skills they need to earn a livelihood and bring warring tribes together into a common community.
Our Roger was born to fly: he loved his work as a pilot but he was also determined to live a life beyond the ordinary – to make his life count and help protect the wildlife of East Africa. Let’s help Africa’s children and wildlife flourish and grow, so they too can realise their full potential.