Wild Bunch Bag 28.05.2022
By Helle Enderby
(Mum of Casper in Year 2 and Aidan and Elliot in Year 5)
I am pleased to share with the community that the KIS ‘Wild Bunch Bags’ fundraising and wildlife awareness campaign, which launched two years ago, has come to a successful end.
Through sales of re-useable tote-bags featuring drawings of Sabah’s wildlife by KIS students, we managed to make generous donations to Scuba Junkie S.E.A.S. (SJSEAS), Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) and to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in support of their wildlife conservation work, protecting Sabah’s marine and terrestrial wildlife.
As part of the campaign, the students learned first hand from three of Sabah’s real Wildlife Action Heroes about some of Borneo’s iconic species; the work that goes into protecting them and their habitats and why it is so important that we all help to protect our wild world.
Launching the campaign, Dr Wong Siew Te of BSBCC spoke to the students about Borneo’s Sun Bears and the important and remarkable work he carries out at the conservation centre in Sandakan.
Marine Biologist Dave McCann; representing SJSEAS spoke to the students about turtles and the conservation work he and his team carry out at and around the waters off Mabul and Sipadan island on Sabah’s East coast.
Simon Enderby of ScubaZoo, gave a presentation on Sharks and with facts and films about shark species in Sabah and around the world, he visualised the importance of shark- and shark habitat conservation.
It was also during this campaign that the KIS students voted for and selected their three school house mascots – the Sulug Shark, the Sapi Sun Bear and the Gaya Pangolin.
I am tremendously pleased that this campaign came to life and very grateful to our guest speakers for their educational, entertaining and inspiring contributions. A big thank you to Mr. Gross and the inspiring teachers at KIS for their superb support in making the campaign possible and most of all to the bright, creative and enthusiastic students of KIS for taking part.
The purpose of the “Wild Bunch Bag” campaign is to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation in Borneo and the bag’s are 100% not-for-profit.
If you would like to buy a bag there is still a chance! To buy a Sulug Shark bag please email Scuba Junkie: firstname.lastname@example.org and if you wish to buy a Gaya Pangolin or Sapi Sun Bear bag please email Gloria at BSBCC at email@example.com.
(Attached a few images from our family’s recent visit to BSBCC where we met Dr Wong and enjoyed up close views of the bears at the centre)