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Half Marathon success in running for rangers

13 October, 2010 - 11:05 -- World Land Trust

The World Land Trust (WLT) team raise much needed funds for reserve rangers thanks to your support. The gruelling four months of training paid off last Sunday (10 October) as the 17-strong WLT Team crossed the finish line of the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon.

WLT Run for a Rnager Team with their medals

The WLT 'Run for a Ranger' Team proudly displaying their medals after finishing the Half Marathon

Thanks to your support the funds raised will assist our Brazilian project partner, Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu (REGUA), to support the salary of a Ranger for One Year. Over the past 21 years WLT has helped save more than 400,000 acres of land around the world yet it is vital that this land is protected; that’s why funding reserve rangers is a priority. John Burton, the Trust’s CEO, says: “We have been extremely successful in saving critically threatened wilderness over the past two decades, the ownership of which is now vested with our overseas project partners as strictly protected nature reserves. We are now trying to help them protect the reserves effectively and sometimes those funds are harder to find. This initiative is an excellent way of demonstrating support for our Brazilian partners and we hope to be able to raise more funds for the ´Keepers of the Wild´ in 2011.” Over 12,500 people crossed the finish line in the largest Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon yet. Joining the WLT running team were representatives from WLT’s corporate supporters, Eurojersey, who have signed a five-year agreement to help fund the purchase of endangered Atlantic rainforests of Misiones, Argentina.

The Eurojersey team and supporters

Eurojersey CEO Andrea Crespi (left) and Guiseppe Crivelli (right) with their supporters Michela Delle Donne, Nadia Bosco and Martina Crespi © Eurojersey

Eurojersey, who supply major brands such as Victoria’s Secret, La Perla and Dolce and Gabbana, have pledged to save at least one metre of critically endangered Atlantic Rainforest in Argentina for every metre of Sensitive® fabric sold with the claim, “One Metre of Fabric for One Metre of Forest”. Far from a walk in the park, the half marathon took the runners through St James's Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens, before heading back to Hyde Park on a picturesque tour of some of London’s greatest landmarks. The Royal Parks Foundation, the organisers behind the marathon, aim to protect, conserve and enhance green spaces in London, as well as to protect wildlife and develop strong community partnerships.

How you can help

The WLT team would like to thank you for your generous support. If you would still like to sponsor the team we would be very grateful, please simply visit the WLT Team's Virgin Money giving page.

More Information

Visit the WLT Brazilian Rainforest Project page  for details of WLT's work with REGUA. Visit the Royal Parks Foundation Website

Comments

Submitted by John Burton on

It was great to see the WLT so enthusiastic — and although most were staff members, they were all running in their private capacity, not as part of their job. So thank you all, and there is a team donations page for anyone who, like me didn’t feel they could omnly support one person

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