Free Me Great Migration Safari Raffle

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If you’ve always wanted to join us for one of our Great Migration Safaris but perhaps haven’t had the financial means to do so, here’s an opportunity for you to not only experience the Great Migration first hand, but to make a contribution to conservation at the same time!


FreeMe are running a raffle in which 2000 tickets will be sold at R 500 a piece. All proceeds go to FREEME (PBO No. 005-380; NLB No. 00181-01 NLB), to fund their WILDLIFE REHABILITATION programmes.

  • There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase
  • You don’t need to be a South African to purchase tickets
[space height=”10″] To get your ticket, please e-mail Lydia who will confirm receipt and provide you with the necessary banking details to purchase your tickets!  Alternatively, you can call Julia 082 871 8360 / Lydia 083 601 6177.

The Draw will take place on 27 November 2014 with the winner being contacted by telephone after the draw.

To get a better idea of what FreeMe is all about, take a listen to a recent interview that FreeMe director Arend van der Walt did with local radio station 702 Talk Radio.

You can view the Terms and Conditions here.

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FreeMe is a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife based in the north of Johannesburg. It was founded in 1997 by a group of trained rehabilitators who realised that there was not enough organised care for indigenous wildlife.

Suburban wildlife is in crisis

Each year thousand of birds, mammals and reptiles living in gardens or suburbs become orphaned, sick or suffer injuries. Most veterinarians do not have facilities to cater for wildlife, leaving would-be rescuers unable to determine what to do with them. FreeMe has filled this gap. The public can now bring wildlife to us for specialised treatment, care and rehabilitation until they can be released.

We are staffed and operated by a small full-time staff and a group of trained volunteers. The centre is open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm and we welcome calls from the public asking for advice and support.

FreeMe relies on members of the public to bring compromised wildlife to the centre, and for notification if there are wildlife in distress. In emergencies such as oil-spills volunteers may travel to a locality to rescue and assist wildlife.

There is no conservation without education

We strive to promote a responsible attitude to wildlife and the environment through education programmes, newsletters, publicity and advice. Volunteers continuously learn new skills and knowledge through contact with similar organisations and experts in the field. Our FreeMe Magazine, with its ‘Kids’ Talk’ section, is designed to entertain while spreading awareness of wildlife and conservation. We participate in the School Owl Box Project run by Eco-Solutions, which aims to create owl friendly and aware children and communities through education and awareness by setting up hacking boxes for owlets at various schools. This highly successful project (for man and wildlife) is the brainchild of Jonathan Haw, our raptor advisor.

We operate under an Open Permit granted by the Gauteng Department of Nature Conservation and uphold the highest standards. All indigenous wildlife is accepted and every creature, big or small, receives specialised care.

FreeMe is a self-funded registered non-profit organisation, relying solely on the generosity of the public through donations, bequests, membership, sponsorship and voluntary assistance in all aspect

Aims and objectives of FreeMe

  • To rescue, rehabilitate and release indigenous wildlife onto carefully chosen reserves and conservancies.
  • To educate the public through the use of lectures, newsletters, advertising, support and advice. Without education there is no conservation.
  • To train volunteers in the care of wildlife while upholding the highest ethical standards and working closely with a panel of vets.
  • To network with similar organisations and experts in the field, sharing knowledge and skills, locally and internationally.
  • To fundraise to develop and sustain a self-funded centre that relies on donations, bequests, sponsorships and membership.
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