“’Word is out on Marili’”
And so July draws to an end and what a month it has been..!
A personal roller coaster of emotions and a huge highlight as press reports have started rolling, the first of which was by Natural Products earlier this week.
Reading it brought back a flood of emotions and memories of a very long journey finally getting some traction – what a delight!
Zimbabwe has hit the headlines with the sad tale of Cecil the Lion being hunted down. I have many childhood memories visiting the Zambezi valley and
enjoying game drives on a crisp winter morning and the excitement of seeing a lion and being in awe of these majestic creatures. I remember at age eight, sleeping in a tent (that had no zip, no door, and just a loose rope to tie the flaps) when a male lion circled our tent all night, a mere two metres away. I didn’t sleep a wink and prayed all night long that we wouldn’t be attacked.
The following night the rest of the pride also descended upon our camp and my nervous parents put us up in the truck for safety. As we camped under a canopy of stars pinned up in the pitch black night sky, I remember feeling terrified and in awe at the same time, hearing these majestic beasts roar silence all other creatures through the night.
The story of Cecil was saddening but I couldn’t help but think that even more tragic is how little coverage the people of Zimbabwe get with 55% of the population living below the food poverty line as a direct result of the actions of another human being.
I hope like Cecil they too will one day get the media coverage, support and most importantly the change they desperately need.
As August unfolds I will be enjoying much needed time off with my children, for which I am so excited and grateful. We will be testing out our mini travel packs and I will have my favourite Caramel Hair and Body Wash in my toiletry bag. Being very careful to ensure the sunscreens we use are paraben and MI free, we will be armed with Green People’s 25 SPF suncream. I can highly recommend reading these articles (Discover the truth about SPF50 sun cream)and What is SPF sunscreen? which dispel the myth of high SPF factors as SPF50 only filters out 1% more UVB light than SPF30. Make sure you cover up too.
Happy holidays everyone!