DAY 1 – Friday 23rd October 2015 – Departure Day
Our very own, Monique Theron set off for O R Tambo International Airport to join a delegation of youth from Project Rhino and fly to Hanoi, Vietnam.
Excitement and anticipation levels ran high as these young people gathered together to discuss their participation in the week-long Operation Game Change Event geared to highlight the plight of our rhino to Vietnamese Youth and to join in the many activities and high-level meetings arranged for the 10 day trip.
The airport buzzed as the cries “Yebo Siyabathanda – let our voices be heard” and “Save our Rhino” echoed through the departure lounge, led by a large Zulu, Richard Mabanga and Lesedi Cultural Dancer, Phelisa Matyolo.
Emma van der Meulen, Jacome Pretorius, Jared Robinson and Nadav Ossendryver made up the rest of the team from South Africa and accompanying them were Grant Fowlds of Project Rhino, Ilan Ossendryver, photographer, Margie Kolver and Vanessa Theron of OMG-SA One Million Footprints to save Africa.
DAY 2 – Saturday 24th October 2015 – Arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam
After a long flight, the team arrived in Hanoi to be met by Lisa Wishman, US Embassy Press Officer, Vu Ha Phuong of Freeland Foundation.
What excitement driving through the streets of Hanoi – scooters, bikes and taxis blowing their hooters and competing for their space on the bustling streets.
After booking into the Flower Garden Hotel, the delegation had a lesson in how to cross a street in Hanoi – a challenge to say the least!
Dinner was a unique experience at Cha Ca La Vong where flaming pans of delicious fish was placed on the table and chopsticks being the only means of eating it!
Photos: Ilan Ossendryver