Braam champions many causes and organisations, using his public speaking engagements and his “Do One Thing” call to action to help environmental and philanthropic organisations educate the public about issues, and to raise funds so they can continue doing good work.
Braam believes in the power of giving: he works with Operation Smile, where he makes a difference in help fundraising so that children can have facial deformities such as cleft palates repaired.
The Great Wall of China expedition funded the inaugural mission in South Africa for Operation Smile, an international charity organisation providing corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate disfigurements. But there was more to come.
MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet
Braam is proud to be the ambassador for one of SA’s biggest fundraising programmes – My School My Village My Planet. He uses the fund to support fundraising initiatives for Operation Smile, the MyPlanet Rhino Fund and the SANParks Honorary Rangers.
Braam believes, “If we as individuals each do one thing that contributes to creating a sustainable future, collectively we do great things.”
The Cape Leopard Trust was established in August 2004 as an active predator conservation working group in the Cape. It uses research as a tool for conservation, finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict and inspiring interest in the environment through an interactive and dynamic environmental education programme, which successfully reaches over 8000 youngsters annually.
The rare Cape mountain leopard is used as a Flagship and Umbrella species, to highlight broader environmental issues, working with farmers, landowners and stakeholders to reduce leopard conflict by facilitating improved management. Since its inception, the Cape Leopard Trust has become an authority on predator conservation in the Cape, and one of the leading authorities in SA.
The vision of the Cape Leopard Trust is to ensure the long-term survival of leopard populations by promoting peaceful coexistence and the protection of landscapes, empowered by science, positive community partnerships, education and advocacy.