Hunters Are Also Humanitarians

By W. Laird Hamberlin, SCI/F CEO

Sharing the bounty of nature has always been a hallmark of hunters and hunting. The most basic and direct way we do this is by sharing meat from our harvests with others. 

Yet there is more to this ethic than just sharing the meat among friends and others nearby. The ethic is much broader and includes all kinds of assistance, especially for those less fortunate. 

We do this because that’s who we are and that’s what we do. 

Sharing is a joyful act of selflessness in which the giver most often is rewarded more completely than the recipient. For lack of a better way to phrase such sharing, for most of us, it just feels good. 

That’s why, when my family goes to Africa this coming August, we are going to take a Blue Bag with us and look forward to providing the necessities of life to those in Africa who struggle to provide even the basics for themselves. 

SCIF Safari Care Blue Bags are filled by chapters, individual members, church groups or even groups of school children or scouts. The contents may include medical, educational and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys. 

The Blue Bag Program delivers medical, educational and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys to those in need in Africa.

The Blue Bag is taken to remote areas of the world by hunters and the supplies are delivered directly to villages, clinics, orphanages and schools, doctors, caretakers and teachers. 

Sponsor of the Blue Bag program is the Bell family from Texas. They became a sponsor of the program in memory of Amy. 

Amy Doris Bell touched lives across the world. She loved her horses, her dogs, her family and friends, and she loved the Lord. She lived life with no handlebars, and she loved everyone to the ends of the earth. Her sudden death on May 16, 2014, left a void in the lives of her family and friends worldwide. 

Amy was the youngest of three children of Ellen and Larry Bell of Midland, Texas. Amy was a Life member of Safari Club International, as are her father Larry and her brothers Matthew and Brian. 

“We believe that making a significant contribution to this important Foundation project will continue Amy’s legacy of ‘Paying It Forward’ and draw attention to the giving spirit of our SCI family,” said Larry Bell, SCI Foundation supporter and SCI Life member. 

I encourage all SCI members to become involved in the Blue Bag program because it is the right thing to do. I know that my family is looking forward to taking a Blue Bag with us when we go hunting later this year in Africa. 

To learn more about the Blue Bag program, click here

SCI shares one mission with SCIF: Conservation. Conservation is one of the six pillars upon which the future of SCI and hunting rest. The other pillars are Advocacy, Convention (Event Services), Membership, Chapters and Hunting. 

Please join me in promoting and participating in all of the pillar programs so we can assure a bright future for hunting for generations to come. Thank you.