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Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a leading wildlife vet, visits Cookham Rise Primary School

(19 October 2013)

With thanks to Julie Armstrong - Ambassador Africa Turns Green


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Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a leading wildlife vet, visited Cookham Rise for lunch and toured their African Garden before leading an assembly on Conservation Through Public Health. The assembly then took the form of a question and answer session which will be published in a magazine that the children are putting together in aid of Africa Turns Green. The whole school was captivated by her work with mountain gorillas and many left the assembly wanting to become vets.

Sampling school lunches with Julie and Lisa. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka leading an assembly  


Dr. Gladys was very interested in the African Garden and has seen many of them in action in Uganda. Cookham Rise won the trophy for their African garden last year as it was unusual, being built inside the dome purchased with money received from recyclebank donations, making it a real community project. This year they won the trophy for their bag gardens, particularly liking the way that they had been decorated before planting. The Garden is also how Julie and Lisa, teaching assistants at the school, became Ambassadors for Africa Turns Green as the founder, Séverine Dieudonné, had read about it in the Maidenhead Advertiser.

 Award winning Bag Gardens. Dr. Gladys in the award winning, dome style, African Garden.


Cookham Rise would like to thank Dr. Peter Holding from Sir William Borlase Grammar School in Marlow for allowing one of his students, Reno Roberts, shown here on the left, to give a talk to the Year 6's about her adventures in Uganda earlier on in the year. It really inspired the children, as she is only 16, showing that we can all do something for others whatever our age.


        Reno Roberts (SWBGS), Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka ( and Jack Armstrong (BCA)


Julie and Lisa will be attending a special event for Dr. Gladys at The Belgian Embassy on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 organised by the founder of Africa Turns Green, Severine Dieudonne. They are escorting children from Cookham Rise and Furze Platt. Dr. Edwards (Cookham Rise school governor) Jack Armstrong, Reno Roberts and Beth Peters will attend as special guests.


Please see Julie and Lisa’s facebook page, it follows the adventures of George Imani. George is the Cookham Rise mascot and the turtle that you can see in the pictures, a fundraiser for ATG. Please ‘Like’ the page if you can. The children pay to take George home @ £1 per night or £2 for the weekend and all the money goes to Africa Turns Green. If anyone else would like to ‘hire’ George, in return for a donation, then please contact us via the facebook page. Bracelets in the charity colours can also be bought from the school for £3.00. £1.00 of this goes to ATG.


Julie and Lisa have two fantastic Africa Turns Green fundraising events lined up for next year. Money raised will go towards making a documentary about Dr. Gladys and her work. Please keep these dates in your diary and come along and support us if you can :–


27th March 2014 @ Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt, Maidenhead.


31st May 2014 @ The Odney Club, Cookham.


Details of these events will be advertised after Christmas. 


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