A dream come true

From the 28th to the 31st of May the dream of a young boy with cystic fibrosis came true. The Reach-for-a-Dream Foundation contacted Welgevonden and told us about this young boy, whose dream and passion is to be out in the bush and with wildlife. After originally planning to take him to the Kruger National Park, the Foundation decided that a smaller game reserve might be a better choice.

The WLOA contacted several lodges on Welgevonden with their request, and Paperbark Lodge said that they would love to host him and his family at the lodge.

Drian Scheepers was diagnosed with Cystic fibrosis shortly after birth. Drian is now six years old and is crazy about wildlife, as his mother Judy and father Hannes will attest. He has a box full of toy animals and a vast knowledge of wildlife.

Drian shared this experience not just with his parents, who are both keens on nature too, but also with his sister Natasha who loves music, his brother Juandrie who is crazy about rugby and plays for his school’s first team, and Brian, his other brother who loves action heroes with unpronounceable names. The lodge managers, Gunter and Lizel, and guide Mac, took great care of them at the luxurious lodge.

One of Drian’s dreams was to be close to elephants, and Dave Powrie, our elephant researcher, was asked to take the family with him one afternoon while he was doing his research.

Dave took them on a walk and managed to show them some elephants. Read this month’s elephant diary for Dave’s accounts of this experience. It was something Dave really enjoyed as well. Welgevonden is glad that it could have played a small role in making this boy’s dream come true.

We would like to thank Paperbark Lodge and their staff for the generous gesture, as well as Dave for the effort he put into this. And we wish the Scheepers family, and Drian in particular, all the best for the future, and may all his dreams come true as this one did.