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The Matlou Fund thanks Safari Club International for years of support including a $10,000 contribution in 2006 and duffel bags loaded with children’s clothing and sleeping bags organized by Eva Wilson and delivered to the Matlou Ranch by SCI Publications Director Steve Comus in 2005 and 2006. Thanks, guys!

We also thank the Sables of SCI for their past donation of nearly 8,000 children’s books, including international shipping! The books were distributed within the Bobirwa District villages and are considered community treasures. We see adults learning to read from these books as well as school children. Thank you ladies!!!

SPECIAL THANKS to Fred Bowlin and family of Shreveport, La for their generous support; to Jim Zumbo for his terrific support, time and goodwill; to the Outdoor Channel for featuring the Matlou Fund in 2005 and 2006; to Scott Blades of Tucson, Arizona for his support; to Peggy Anne Vallery of Tucson, Arizona for her support, guidance and friendship and to every person who has helped "the kids."


The Matlou Fund donates at least one safari each year to a non-profit organization in the USA for fundraising. The safaris are underwritten by the Sparks family and are all inclusive, with lodging at MATLOU Ranch.

Since the Fund’s inception, 2 separate safaris have been donated to MAKE-A-WISH. In 2006, safaris were donated to TIHAN (Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network) and SCI (Safari Club International.) will co-host the 2007 safari with Matlou Fund at the Matlou Ranch in Botswana. It will focus on a special young person who has made a great impact.

16-year-old Mitchell Hults is a young hunter from Beaufort, Missouri who, with his tip to the police, broke the kidnapping case of Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby last January. The case had garnered nationwide media coverage, because as the police went looking for high school student Ben Ownby, they also found Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing since 2002. To thank Mitchell for his community service and sharp observational skills, Safari Club International and the Matlou Fund are sponsoring Mitchell and his parents on an all-expense-paid plains game safari to the Matlou Ranch. The trip will take place from July 28 through August 10. During his stay, Mitchell will donate all the game meat he harvests to the needy children and families of the villages of Mathathane, Motlhabaneng and Lentswe Mority. The Hults family and SCI staffers and volunteers will also each be bringing large SafariCare™ Blue Bags full of clothing, school and medical supplies, sleeping bags, toys and games for the children as part of a humanitarian mission and cultural exchange.

Please visit our website again in August to read an update and view photos of Mitchell’s safari.
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