About Us

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1,000,000 Footprints to Save Africa”  is an exciting and fun-filled campaign intended to uplift and inspire the youth of Africa and the World to unite together in a stand to save the natural heritage of Africa for the benefit of themselves and generations to come.
It is well-known that Africa, with all its splendid natural wealth, has become a prime target for huge illegal international crime syndicates, who profit from all that is African. The continent is rapidly losing its wildlife to illegal poaching and income realised from these heinous crimes is being utilised to fund terrorism, human and drug trafficking and civil unrest. Tourism is one of Africa’s primary income generators supporting at least 1 in every 12 jobs. The need to preserve Africa’s wildlife and rich natural heritage is imperative for its survival. We MUST do something NOW!

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This campaign aims to afford all children, irrespective of nationality, creed, colour or status, the opportunity to realise that their voices are powerful and capable of fuelling change and transformative action. It is their time to participate in the biggest display of unity ever seen. United, they have the potential to make positive change happen. By placing their footprints and names on sheets of fabric, the children of the world will participate in a united symbolic walk across the African continent – a peaceful protest against the continued exploitation and destruction of Africa’s natural resources.

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Who We Are

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ONE MORE GENERATION (OMG) SOUTH AFRICA:

Fuelled by the increasing and disturbing rhino poaching crisis and the threat to other African animal species, in January 2014, One More Generation South Africa was founded. OMG SA visits many schools and places of learning within South Africa with developed education and awareness raising programs geared toward the youth.

 

Focused on all environmental and conservation challenges facing South Africa, OMG SA runs programs on endangered species, littering, recycling, waste management and environmental best practice, all developed to suit the needs of South Africa specifically.

 

OMG SA seeks to create in the Youth a heightened environmental and conservation awareness, responsibility and behaviour pattern for the benefit of themselves and future generations. Our wish is for every child to be afforded the opportunity to incorporate this knowledge into their personal identity and lifestyle and develop pride in knowing that they are contributors and potential change makers. We encourage active involvement and collective action and set out to show the youth that they too have the power to make a difference.

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In May 2014, in conjunction with Children 4 Conservation, One More Generation South Africa launched their “One Million Footprints to Save Africa” Campaign. Created to educate and make aware the children of Africa (and the Globe) about Africa’s natural heritage “One Million Footprints to Save Africa” Campaign focuses primarily on the African animals that are in danger of becoming extinct, such as the rhino, elephant and lion. Our aim is to provide the youth with the knowledge of what is happening to Africa’s wildlife, the understanding of the ultimate impact their eradication would have on the natural heritage and economy of Africa and a platform to enable them to express their concern and to give them the voice to make change happen. We visit schools and any centre for learning with a vibrant and exciting presentation and get the children to place their footprints down on reams of cloth as a pledge to make a difference by spreading the message and becoming involved. No school is excluded and we run outreach campaigns into the less advantaged areas and rural areas in and around the National Parks of Africa. To date we have collected approximately 57,000 footprints in the short period of time this campaign has been running.

One More Generation was registered as a Non-Profit-Company in July 2015.

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MARGIE KOLVER: One More Generation South Africa – Director.

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Margie has been actively involved in Social, Environmental and Conservation projects in South Africa since 1998. Her passion for people, animals and the environment arose as a young girl growing up in South Africa with parents dedicated to community service and wildlife conservation. She spent 15 years working on projects related to the heavily polluted waterways surrounding Johannesburg and within the communities living alongside these waterways. Margie has been involved with lobbying, awareness raising and youth education for endangered species for the past 5 years.

In her desire to seek sustainable solutions to pressing South African environmental and conservation issues, Margie has played an active role in the development and implementation of various holistic, comprehensive and collaborative projects. Currently, Margie continues to lobby, educate and run awareness programs within communities, schools and places of learning with the aim to uplift and empower the youth of South Africa to become meaningful and informed community members, leaders and change-makers.

Margie heads up One More Generation South Africa and was key player in the development and roll out of the OMG SA education and awareness raising campaign “1,000,000 Footprints to Save Africa”.

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CHERYL COOK: One More Generation South Africa – Director.

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 Cheryl has had a passion for wildlife from a very young age and has spent many holidays in the Kruger National Park, both as a child and as an adult. Her love of the bushveld caused her to become a volunteer with the Friends of the Pilanesberg Society (FOPS) and assisted with work in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve to clean up the park, remove alien vegetation and clear an Iron-age architectural site. Cheryl is committed, not only to animals in the wild, but also domestic animals and is a stringent advocate for RSPCA and Animal Anti-Cruelty League.

 

As Cheryl’s concern for the escalating rhino poaching crisis facing South Africa increased, she offered her time and assistance to Rhino SA, where her son served as the President for two years.

 

Cheryl continues to be involved with the education of the youth in schools as a Director of One more Generation South Africa and has been an active role player in the roll out of the “1,000,000 Footprints to Save Africa Campaign”.

 

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CHILDREN4CONSERVATION: MONIQUE THERON:

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 15 year-old Monique, a Grade 10 Learner at Woodhill College, Pretoria, is a passionate and avid environmentalist and conservationist, who has an inborn desire to make a difference. Her spare time is taken up by engaging with other youth in learning about the environmental challenges facing our planet and brainstorming sustainable solutions.

 

In 2012 Monique started her own group “Children4Conservation” in her effort to raise awareness for Africa’s many endangered species and to get the youth of South Africa involved in conserving our wildlife for future generations. At the beginning of 2015, Monique was appointed to the Youth Advisory Board of the Worldwide NGO “One More Generation (OMG)” as the Youth Outreach Director for Johannesburg, South Africa. Monique has represented OMG on various occasions and is greatly involved in the education and awareness raising Campaign “1,000,000 Million Footprints To Save Africa”.

 

Recently, Monique developed a survey about the dangerously endangered Rhino and the use of Rhino Horn, which has been circulated around the world, including Vietnam. She received a gold for her project at the Gauteng North Eskom Expo  for Young Scientists.

 

She has also won 3rd prize in the 2015 Action For Nature International Young Eco Hero Awards for her contribution to conservation.

 

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Showcase:

Our children are our greatest treasure…….
They are our future”….. (Nelson Mandela)

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Conclusion:

 

One Million Footprints to Save Africa” Campaign ultimately seeks to create in the Youth a heightened environmental and conservation awareness, responsibility and behaviour pattern for the benefit of themselves and future generations. Schools and centres of learning present an opportunity to reach thousands of children and provide a unique platform for consciousness-raising. Furthermore, they provide an entry point to the community as a whole, allowing for the dissemination of information to a larger audience.

“One Million Footprints to Save Africa” aims to provide the youth with the knowledge of what is happening to Africa’s wildlife, the understanding of the ultimate impact their eradication would have on the natural heritage and economy of Africa and a platform to enable them to express their concern. Our wish is for every child to be afforded the opportunity to incorporate their support into their personal identity and lifestyle and develop pride in knowing that they are contributing to saving Africa. We encourage active involvement and collective action to ultimately save Africa’s Wildlife from extinction and set out to show the youth that they too have the power to make a difference.

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