The Elephant Project SA founder Elda Fornasari-Thomas and celebrity chef and master cake maker Dot Klerck will be creating the “World’s Biggest Elephant Cake” for the 2017 Good Food & Wine Show to create vital awareness.
“A recent study shows 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory in just three years from 2010-2012, and a continent-wide survey of African elephants released last year estimates savannah elephant populations to be shrinking by eight per cent per year, largely due to ivory poaching,” said Dr Joseph Okori, Southern African Regional Director for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
“That means that more elephants are being killed by poachers than are being born and, if the trend is not reversed, parts of Africa will witness local extinction of elephants. “The Biggest Elephant Cake in the World” project is a wonderfully fun way to introduce a deadly serious subject to visitors to the Good Food and Wine Show, and to help fund the critical work of our Landscape Conservation Programme to protect elephant habitats, manage human-elephant conflict, prevent poaching, end the ivory trade and rescue and rehabilitate elephants.”
This elephant social initiative follows the efforts at last year’s event, which saw the World’s Biggest Rhino Cake baked in collaboration with Megan Carr from The Rhino’s in Africa Foundation.
Proceeds raised from the Rhino Cake initiative were donated to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Rhino’s in Africa foundation founded by Megan Carr was the conduit to ensure that the money went directly to the benefactors and 6 000 slices of cake were donated to the Food Ban.
“Passion for preserving our wildlife and watching the TV programme Cake Boss was the inspiration behind the idea of creating a life-sized Rhino Cake,” said Elda Fornasari-Thomas, founder of The Elephant Project SA and a wildlife enthusiast. “I wanted to give back and help the plight of the rhino’s in Africa.”
Elda is also the founder of Slim Lady Wines and was one of the sponsors of the project. Proceeds raised from the Rhino Cake initiative were donated to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Rhino’s in Africa foundation founded by Megan Carr was the conduit to ensure that the money went directly to the benefactors and 6 000 slices of cake were donated to the Food Bank.
Maria Chieppa, Managing Director, Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa added: “Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa and the Good Food & Wine Show provide a big platform for the food and wine industry, attracting thousands of visitors each edition. We support the economic growth of this important sector especially its SMMEs.
“We feel responsible for the territory we operate in hence support different CSI projects. Among the others, this year we are honoured to support The Elephant Project SA – an important initiative to create awareness around the plague of elephant poaching and safeguarding natural richness. Support the project with us and don’t miss the biggest teenage elephant shaped cake, which will be displayed at the Cape Town GF&W Show from 2nd to 4th June 2017 at the CTICC.”
For more information on what’s on: www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za