As those of you who visited out stall at the Bend and Snap Market last year, the craft team decided not to use the ivory from the old piano to make jewellery. Although it was perfectly legal to do so, we felt that even upcycling old ivory added to its ‘mystique’ and desirability, which in turn feeds into the ivory poaching trade.
Instead, KRin Pender-Gunn made some elephanrt-related jewellery and we put out a donations tin and donated the proceeds to the Babile Elephant Sanctuary in Ethiopia.
The sanctuary is funded by Born Free, a British organisation dedicated to the protection of wildlife. Born Free doesn’t take a single sous for administration, so the whole amount goes to the running of the sanctuary.
If you would like to donate to the Babile elephant sanctuary, you can do so via the JustGiving site’s Bloody Ivory Appeal.
We still have jewellery made from repurposed, broken musical instruments but at present I’m considering the best way to offer those for sale without the project eating up time I need to write the next Kitty book. I also need time to work on getting the songs from book one completed and recorded – because there’ll be more songs coming with the next book!
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