It is with great sadness that we have learned of the tragic deaths, in a car accident in South Africa on Monday 28 October, of A Rocha co-founder Miranda Harris, A Rocha International Chief Executive Chris Naylor and his wife Susanna. Peter Harris, co-founder of A Rocha survived the accident, and is being treated for serious injuries.
Our thoughts and fervent prayers are with the Harris and Naylor families at this heartbreaking time, and for the recovery of Peter Harris and their driver who also survived the accident.
The whole A Rocha family is grieving. From the work Peter and Miranda started in Portugal in the mid-1980s has come a unique network of Christian conservation organisations in 21 countries. Chris and Susanna established the extraordinary work of A Rocha Lebanon before Chris took over the helm of A Rocha International, facilitating the growth and work of the whole network. Miranda, Peter and Chris have been absolute pioneers as Christians in nature conservation. They have inspired countless people to act on the environment and integrate care for creation into their Christian lives – a message that has never been more important. And to many hundreds of people they have also been personal mentors, wise counsellors, caring friends, and close colleagues. Many many people around the world, including all of us at A Rocha UK, will feel their loss deeply.
Andy Atkins, CEO, A Rocha UK
A link to the A Rocha International press release is here.