The Lewa Safari Marathon is taking place again this year on June 25th and it's a marvellous way for adventurers to explore one of Africa’s most spectacular protected areas. Participants will run through northern Kenya's Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, sharing trails with some of the country's most iconic and critically endangered wildlife: Grevy’s zebra, lions, elephants and giraffes.
Supported by conservation charity Tusk, in partnership with Safaricom, funds raised go towards aiding Kenya’s most vulnerable communities and wildlife, from conserving black rhino populations to ensuring that Lewa’s frontline conversation, education and community projects are able to continue their critical work.
This year’s marathon will be the most environmentally friendly to date, eliminating nearly 300kg of single-use plastic from the race. What's more, to help offset the event’s carbon footprint, participants have the opportunity to purchase trees that will be planted within the conservancy.
The annual sporting event, regarded as one of the world's toughest marathons, has raised more than £6 million for frontline conservation, schools and healthcare initiatives across Kenya.
When: June 25th, 2022
Where: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Sign up: https://www.lewasafarimarathon.com/2022-registration/
In addition to attracting runners from across Africa and around the world, the marathon continues to receive incredible support from Kenya’s business community, with Kenya Breweries Limited and Tetra Pak coming on board in 2022 as Entertainment Partner and Environmental Sustainability Partner respectively.
Charlie Mayhew, CEO of Tusk, said, “It’s a joy to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind event back. The Lewa Safari Marathon has a 20-year legacy of drawing runners from around the world to raise significant funds for a wide range of conservation, education and community initiatives across Kenya.”
Mike Watson, CEO of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, said, "While still providing an exciting and exhilarating marathon experience, Lewa Safari Marathon 2022 aims to be the most environmentally friendly event Lewa has hosted to date. This drive is inspired by the urgent need to reduce our carbon footprint, which aligns with our ethos and standards as we strive to be a model for biodiversity and ecosystem preservation. From sign up to event day, Tusk and Lewa will be there in support every step of the way. Entrants will receive training tips from rangers and athletes, as well as messages of encouragement from the field."
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Registrations open online at lewasafarimarathon.com. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any race queries.
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It was a great idea of Debi Emmett's to establish a Pet Food Bank service. Based in South Wales, the charity provides pet food and pet items for those who struggle to feed their beloved companions, including the homeless, those in financial difficulties, the elderly and victims of natural disasters.
Up to March this year, the service has provided a whopping:
15,532 pet meals
827 packets of dog treats
100 poo bags
153 dog coats
161 collars/ harnesses / leads
41 Dog toys
99 Packets of cat treats
Total pet meals provided to date: 79,692
More are always needed and there are lots of ways you can help Debi to help the animals, look here: https://petfoodbankservice.co.uk/help-us
Debi runs the service ably assisted by some friends and her lovely dog Ruby, official 'greeter' for the charity and chief of quality control.
This is Ruby >>>>>>>>
To find out more, visit
email Debi at:
or call her on 0787 1926934.
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A Born Free adoption is the gift that gives twice. From King the lion to the Brown Bear Orphans, there are 19 fabulous adoptions to choose from. All are real animals, either living in the wild and protected by Born Free's conservation projects or receiving expert lifetime care in the charity's sanctuaries.
Besides adopting an animal, you can buy your Christmas gifts here too. A varying percentage of profits from sales, depending on product, go directly to Born Free, the international wildlife charity founded in 1984 by actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE.
Adoption packs last one year. The recipient receives a gift pack, soft toy and a bi annual copy of Born Free’s Adopt magazine.
Donkey Sanctuary Monopoly Game - Hot property! One of the most popular board games of all time given a Donkey Sanctuary makeover. (£29.95)
Donkey Design Socks - Everybody loves socks for Christmas and The Donkey Sanctuary has a pair to suit everyone! Show off your love for donkeys with these fun ankle-length socks available in
various colours, sizes and styles. (from £4.75)
Sails and Canvas shopper bag with donkey ears logo This shopping bag was once part of the sail on a boat. It now has a new job as your next bag for life. (£48)
Stainless Steel Insulated Drinks Bottle with Donkey ears design. (£19.95)
Watercolour ceramic mug Brighten up your beverage with this marvellous mug. Features delightful donkeys and dragonflies design. (£6.75)
Donkey and Bird pack of 10 Christmas cards by James Green. Gorgeous woodcut-style picture featuring a donkey and strikingly scarlet robin in a wintry wood. (£3.95)
Donkey Hoof Print Coir Door Mat (£15.95)
Collapsible Dog Bowl in The Donkey Sanctuary’s colours of blue and brown (£12.95)
Dougal The Doorstop Dougal will prop things open nicely, while looking utterly a-door-able.(£14.95)
Watercolour Recycled Packable Shopping Bag with donkey design. (£5.95)
Delightful Donkey design hanging basket bracket. Strong and attractive basket bracket. Something to add a bit of metallic magic to your garden. (£22.95)
Key Rack with Donkey Design. (£10.95)
Adopt a Donkey as a unique gift for £3 per month and your loved one will receive two portraits of their donkey, four beautiful postcards, adoption certificate, keepsake membership card and updates throughout the year. Most importantly, it helps The Donkey Sanctuary’s work in the UK and across the world.
See website for more details: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/shop
Dogs Trust asks the nation: is now really the right time for you to get a dog?
Charity concerned about impending puppy crisis as online searches to ‘get a puppy’ rise by 120%
DogsTrust is asking the public to weigh up if they are actually ready for the realities of dog ownership before taking the leap, as searches to get a dog have shot up in the past month while the country is on lockdown.
image (c) The Dogs Trust
The charity is concerned there may be a spike in people giving up their dog when normality resumes and reality sinks in. This is the sad state of affairs that often follows Christmas when people also get dogs on a whim.
Dog ownership can be rewarding, but caring for a dog when you are at home 24/7 is not the norm, so the charity is temporarily tweaking its famous slogan to ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown’ to get everyone to think twice before going ahead with a puppy purchase.
In the long-term, are you ready…
Dogs Trust’s Chief Executive, Owen Sharp, said:
“Dog ownership can be so rewarding, but it’s also a huge responsibility which is why we are reminding people today that ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown’.
Like Christmas, when people are at home more, they might think now is the perfect time to get a dog. For some people this will be the case, but we’re asking people to consider when the lockdown lifts how your life will need to change to accommodate your four-legged friend.
We’re encouraging potential dog owners to carry out our test (see below) to find out if you’re Dog Ready. Are you ready to be chief pooper scooper? Are you ready to forego a lie in ever again? As well as more serious questions around vet treatment and preparing for emergencies. If there is still a dog- shaped space in your life, then it may be the right time for you.”
Graham Norton, owner of Labradoodle Bailey, TV presenter and Dogs Trust supporter said:
“As a dog owner myself, I know how much joy four-legged friends bring to our lives. I’ve certainly found that my gorgeous dog, Bailey, has taken the boredom out of lockdown for me, and I’ve really enjoyed spending even more time with him than usual. However, whilst the thought of introducing a cute, fluffy pooch to your family right now might be appealing, I fully support Dogs Trust’s important message, ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Lockdown’. Don’t forget that you still have to walk a dog on a rainy evening and pick up their poo in the dark!
Please remember that life will go back to ‘normal’ at some point with people returning to work and school, and when this happens you need to think about whether you can still fit a dog into your life. Taking a look at Dogs Trust’s ‘are you dog ready’ test is a great place to start if you’re thinking seriously about getting a dog.”
Dogs Trust are asking people to take the test and see how ‘dog-ready’ they actually are. If you think you are ready for a dog, although centres are closed to the public, rehoming is happening on a limited basis. Please see website for details. Take the fun test here.
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