With the New Year a distant memory and for many of us, the resolutions with it, what better time than now to set yourself a new challenge, get inspired to take up a new hobby, increase your fitness, or simply try something you have never tried before. And how about taking on a new challenge and fundraising for animal welfare at the same time? In our latest blog we share some of the fun and exciting challenges you can take part in for Wild Welfare, and the ones our very own team are getting involved in.
April and May Events – Kicking off with the Captain Tom 100 Challenge.
The Captain Tom Foundation has launched the Captain Tom 100 Challenge, which is an opportunity to raise funds for your own favourite charity between Friday 30th April and the 3rd of May. April 30th would have been Sir Captain Tom’s 101st birthday and to honour him and his amazing achievements his family would love people to take part in the Captain Tom 100. It involves setting yourself a challenge based around the number 100, then fundraising or donating – and if you choose Wild Welfare you can help us help animals around the world.
The 100 can be anything you like – doing animal impressions for 100 seconds, trying to beat a cheetah and running 100 metres in six seconds, walking 100 laps of your garden, baking 100 cakes, building 100 sandcastles!
June events – Our Animal Welfare Field Manager takes to the skies!
Wild Welfare’s animal welfare field manager, Sarah Blake, will be jumping from 10,000 feet up and reaching speeds of more than 120mph (or so she’s been told), in a Skydive that’s fundraising for our projects! Sarah planned the jump for last year but it was delayed because of COVID-19, so she is thrilled it is now back on and she is preparing herself (and Amu our welfare bear who is jumping with her), for the epic challenge on the 6th of June.
Sarah’s inspiration to fundraise is the animals she has worked with in Vietnam, particularly the bears and macaques, who thanks to our continued projects in the country, are able to benefit from improvements in their day to day care.
Flinging myself out of a plane may not seem like the most sensible idea in the world, but I’m excited to do it if I can raise funds and awareness for this brilliant and unique charity, said Sarah.
I love what Wild Welfare stands for and the way in which the charity goes about making positive changes for captive animals is inspiring.
If you would like to sponsor Sarah for her jump, you can visit her fundraising page on JustGiving.
July events – Acting UK Director, Simon Marsh, plans to get very muddy for animals!
Our Acting UK Director, Simon, has put himself forward for the Total Warrior event on the 11th of July. The challenge comprises a 12 kilometre course with 25 obstacles, a lot of water and a lot of mud! The challenge features some of the world’s biggest obstacles for an assault course, that have names like The Human BBQ, The Plunge, The Shocker and The Waterfall.
Simon thinks it will be a fun event (hmmm), but with the potential pain and suffering involved as well, he is hoping he can encourage his friends, family and Wild Welfare supporters to donate to see him covered in mud and tackling the immense course. Simon is also aiming for Parent of the Year Award, and has recruited his 8-year-old son to take part too (he will just be doing a three kilometre course but hopes to raise more money!).
I like a challenge, but the thought of running through mud and over huge obstacles for 12k around the Yorkshire countryside does fill me with dread, said Simon.
But it is all for a very good cause and helping to improve animal welfare around the globe will keep me going…even through the Human BBQ obstacle.
If you would like to support Simon for his event, visit his fundraising page on JustGiving.
August events – Run for Wild Welfare in the Vitality Big Half
Taking part in a running event is a fantastic way to raise funds for us and get fit at the same time. Wild Welfare has places in The Vitality Big Half 2021, taking place on Sunday 22nd August in London in the UK and you can run on our team. The event is organised by London Marathon Events Ltd, and the 13.1 mile route takes in some of the highlights of the London Marathon, starting at London’s Tower Bridge and finishing at the iconic Cutty Sark.
To join our team there is just a £30 registration fee and a minimum fundraising target of £300 for each runner. As with all our events we are on hand for advice, tips and support if you would like to take on the challenge and support Wild Welfare’s projects.
Get in touch with us today and secure your place, email us HERE.
Perhaps none of these challenges are your thing, but there is another event you would like to take on – and Wild Welfare is the charity you would like to support. Our animal welfare work is only possible with the help of our generous supporters and we love it when you can have fun at the same time as helping us and our work.
Whatever you have in mind, please get in touch with our dedicated team for fundraising support and find more inspiration HERE.
Image © Wild Welfare: Simon Marsh taking part in a previous muddy fundraising challenge