There seems to be more species added to the endangered list than taken off every year. This can be disheartening, but then we are reminded again that we are not along in our fight, when organisations such as The Platter Project support organisations like ours whose core business it is to save and sustain our wildlife.
The story behind Platter Project:
Diana Wilkinson, a mother and a wife, from Johannesburg was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. She is currently undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week and is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. Unfortunately, none of her family members are compatible matches; and with less than 1% of the South African population registered as organ donors, her future is rather uncertain.
However, refusing to give up on life and motivated by her passion for wildlife, and using the little energy she has remaining, she began painting beautiful platters with the aim of raising funds for organ donation and wildlife conservation.
Unbeknownst to her, her three children Legh, Kristin and David took it upon themselves to assist and set up The Platter Project. Their vision: ”To provide a platform for individuals or businesses to fulfil their social responsibility by raising funds for an organisation associated with either organ donation or wildlife conservation, in a short- or long-term manner.” In return, The Platter Project will provide a platter, which the individuals can keep for themselves or the business can use as a gift/prize for a competition.
These beautiful platters are all hand painted by Diana, which makes is all the more special as this is limited to when she is feeling well enough to paint.
The Platter Project recently received a generous donation of R15 000 from Dr. Riaan Conradie – a portion (R7 500) was donated to HESC’s Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) in order to help our Rescued Rhinos @ HESC, and the remainder went to the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force.
The Wilkinson family has no desire to profit from any funds raised by The Platter Project. Instead their aim is to facilitate the direct transfer of funds raised from sponsors to organisations associated with organ donation or wild conservation.
Legh, Kristin and David describe their mother, Diana Wilkinson, with admiration: “The incredibly talented artist and undeniably strong woman behind this project, our mother, Di Wilkinson. Her kindness knows no boundaries.”
We are very grateful to The Platter Project for their generosity, and wish great strength and healing to Diana.