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.
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. WLT and its overseas project partners have been instrumental in the purchase and protection of over 500,000 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.
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.
After the event
The WLT team would like to thank you for your generous support. In total over £5,000 was raised to fund a reserve ranger in Brazil.
If you would still like to suppor the Keepers of the Wild Appeal, please visit the Keepers of the Wild appeal page to find out more.