April 25, 2015
Join us for our 22nd Annual Fundraiser Gala
Early Bird Tickets are $100 after April 1 Tickets are $125 each
Our dinner will feature an auction and raffles.
The unofficial auction list can be viewed at 2015 Auction www.sci-calgary.org/auction-2015
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Donors can receive an official tax receipt from Safari Club International Foundation Canada
April 25, 2015
Cocktails at 5:00 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm
Calgary Petroleum Club
319 – 5th Avenue SW
To Purchase tickets please
call Natalie at 403-397-0742 or
by David Avery Little
In early September 2012, I landed in Pemba, Mozambique to bowhunt leopards. In my luggage were my Mathews Z7 and Monster bows, a dozen Maxima Blue Streak arrows, and Montec and Razorcap broadheads . . . and a blue duffel bag. This was the SafariCare Blue Bag from the Calgary Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI).
Natalie Nesbitt, on behalf of the Calgary Chapter, donated six soccer balls, two air pumps, and a number of air needles. I serve on the board of the Glencoe Club, a Calgary family and sports club, and had talked to them about my expedition. Our fitness program came together to donate forty-four surplus long-sleeved T-shirts. Eve, my twelve-year-old next-door neighbor, heard about the project. She wanted to be involved as well (giving is contagious!), so she donated school supplies and stuffed animals to the Blue Bag.
On the eleventh afternoon of the hunt, my professional hunter, Guy Whittall, and I drove to the soccer pitch in the center of the nearest village. A match between the Matimbo Safaris staff and the local village boys was set for two p.m. When we arrived at the pitch, there was already a crowd of several hundred people. The players were delighted when I presented them with a new game ball, and began singing their thanks.
I reached into the Blue Bag, brought out the long-sleeved white T-shirts, and began distributing them. I also gave the chief an air pump, a few air needles, and several more balls for his inventory. The players pulled on their shirts, and immediately looked much more like a team . . . even if one shirt was on backwards!
As the teams warmed up, I gave the school supplies to the local teacher. This was Sunday, so the kids were not in class. The teacher beamed and said he would distribute the supplies the next day.