This morning we opened our email to find one entitled, SAD NEWS FROM THE ZCTF.
We were expecting the worst, yet once we read the email, the news was far worst than we had imagined. Cheryl Ann Rodrigues (Whyte) has passed away… There are but a handful of people who truly care and dedicate their lives to conservation, she will be truly missed.
HERE’S THE EMAIL WE RECEIVED
ZIMBABWE CONSERVATION TASK FORCE
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Cree Indian Prophecy
To all Z.C.T.F supporters, family, and friends
It is with great difficulty to write this email to all of you…We have lost one of the best conservationists on this earth…
My beautiful wife, that i have loved for 41 years, Cheryl Ann Rodrigues (Whyte) has sadly passed.I never thought this day would come so soon, i did not expect this to happen, my heart is broken as she has left all of us…She was my bestfriend, my soul mate , my companion.Nothing will ever compare to her and there will forever be a part of me left shattered, lost and confused. Cheryl over the past two years had slowly been loosing her memory, as it got worse and worse it was time to confront a doctor. After a few appointments and meetings the doctors decided to send her for scans to see if everything was alright…Unfortunately in life, we get faced with challenges and problems that we have to deal with or solve, mine was finding out that my wife Cheryl had a brain tumor four and a half cm long and five cm wide.I have been through many struggles in life, yet to this day this has been the hardest to deal with…
Due to complications in the surgery she sadly passed away. Cheryl’s spirit will forever be living in my heart, I will cherish the memories and will always remember her as the strong, independant and joyful woman she always was. She helped me achieve so many things in my life, she always encouraged me to believe in myself and she guided me into the right path.She was and always will be my light at the end of the tunnel. Cheryl is to thank for the existence of the Z.C.T.F, She helped me organise,conduct and inspire new innovative ideas to help save our wild life.She is an inspiration to us all.
I Johnny Rodrigues will be out of reach for a while as at hard times like this, it is hard to deal with my loss.
We are all so grateful for your prayers.