Fundraising cocktail to protect elephants

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Special tickets can be bought to help co-adopt elephants. Airavata Foundation

Airavata Foundation, under the high patronage of His Majesty The King, is entering its 4th year of existence. The Airavata project was born of the need to protect the very last elephants of Ratanakiri province at a time when these magnificent animals might disappear not only from Ratanakiri but from Cambodia.

To celebrate its anniversary, Airavata Foundation, is organising a Charity Evening at Le Royal Raffles Hotel on Sunday, March 31 at 6:00 pm.

On the programme will be a fashion show featuring creations using minority fabrics from Ratanakiri, a demonstration of Bokator, magic, a painting auction, live painting, and a film screening.

“This programme is clearly under the auspices of Cambodian culture and of the defense of nature, because for us, the elephant is not just an animal, but the pillar of Khmer history and traditions,” said Chenda Clais, co-founder of Airavata Foundation.

Standard tickets are at $40 each.

“There is another category of tickets, a buffet and elephant co-adoption for a year at $150, that will allow you to co-sponsor one of our four elephants and also entitles you to a photograph of art printed on A4 fabric and representing one of our pachyderms,” said Chenda.

“Right now we own four elephants in our sanctuary in Ratanakiri – three are from the community forest and one is from Mondulkiri.

“The elephant from Mondulkiri is Bak Mai. The other sanctuaries didn’t want him and he was condemned to death by starving for having killed a man. Yet, since day one when he arrived in our care, Bak Mai integrated very well with the other elephants and his mahouts love him!” Chenda told Good Times2.

For more details, please call 012-214468/12-965165 or email [email protected]

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