World Land Trust (WLT) would like to thank everyone who has fundraised for us over the years. We could not continue to save threatened habitats and wildlife across the planet without your support. Here are a few inspiring fundraising events taken on by our supporters:
Land's End to John O'Groats and a half-marathon too
All our thanks to Maxine Chan, who took on a massive challenge in September and October 2012, and followed her cycle ride from the bottom to top of Britain by running a half marathon in her home town of Toronto. She raised over £1250, and decided to support WLT's work in Colombia, where partner organisation ProAves is extending reserves to protect the Chocó, one of the world's wettest and most biodiverse habitats holding many species at risk of extinction.
"With over 12 acres of rainforest in Central America now slated for preservation, it’s enormously gratifying to know that my cycling trip and half-marathon will be a positive, tangible impact."
Running for Rainforests - Royal Parks Half Marathon
Ten eager supporters of WLT lined up for October 2012's Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and the final total that they raised came to over £4,400 for our Action Fund. A big thank you to our team of runners and their sponsors.
"It's a sort of pleasurable torture", said WLT Ambassador, Jo Finch. "Would I do it again? Of course I would, it's such great fun and you really feel good when it's over!"
Cycling for Leopards
In October 2012, Freddie Jemison raised over £170 to help conserve the endangered Caucasian Leopard in Armenia, by taking on a 10 mile bike ride around East London. He's only seven so it was a very long way, and we're really glad he raised well over his target of £100. Several local newspapers were impressed too and picked up the story.
Spacehopping World Record to Save Rainforest
In June 2012, Roger Auster, a student at Exeter University, set a new Guinness World Record TM for 'Space hopper - greatest distance in 24 hours' when he covered 4 miles on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. He collected an amazing £1126.33 for World Land Trust's Action Fund, as well as getting some fantastic press coverage, even making it into the international news, and gamely dyed his hair orange as promised, when he passed £500.
"Yes, I looked a complete and utter muppet but there was in fact a reason for doing so! The World Land Trust is a charity close to my heart."
On top of Mount Kilimanjaro
In July 2012 WLT supporter Julia Barrott made it to the very top of Africa with her mum Anne, sister Faye and friend Sheena, to celebrate her mum's 60th and that she now has a free bus pass. As part of the celebration, they also raised £415 for WLT's Action Fund. Julia says:
"Such an undertaking provides a great excuse to further advocate and raise funds for what I believe is the most effective ecological and environmental charity out there"
Toulouse to Barcelona Charity Bike Ride
WLT was one of four charities supported by CBRE’s sponsored Toulouse to Barcelona Charity Bike Ride in June 2012. 65 cyclists took part and WLT has now been presented with a cheque for over £10,000 for the Action Fund.
Read more about the bike ride »
Bizzaz Hair in Exeter dedicated its May 2012 re-launch to WLT and raised £200 for the Buy an Acre Fund. Owner Anna Petherick said:
"I was uncomfortable about hosting a party that was just about business and hairdressing; I think as responsible businesses we should try to be as green as possible."
Half Marathon dressed as Elvis
David Scott ran the Reading Half Marathon dressed as Elvis on 1 April 2012, and collected over £700 for WLT’s Action Fund.
Read more about the marathon »
Skydive For Leopards
In March 2012 WLT fundraiser Silas Hedley-Lawrence took a big jump to raise funds for WLT as part of a skydive organised by his university in Leicester. His fantastic total of almost £350 will support our Special Appeal to protect the fragile population of Caucasian Leopard in Armenia.
Read more about the appeal here »
Wedding Gift Donation
Liz Fletcher and John Feay were married in Barbados on 21 March 2012 and raised £305 by asking friends and family to donate to WLT’s Buy an Acre Fund, instead of giving wedding gifts.
"Who wants a toaster when you can preserve a piece of rainforest? We couldn’t think of a nicer gift."
60th Birthday Celebration
Mr Mark Bailey celebrated his 60th birthday in February 2012 with a party that raised almost £650 for land purchase in Ecuador.
"No present over six decades will outlast the six acres of Ecuadorian rainforest given me for my 60th".
Three Peaks Challenge
In May 2011, James Baldwin raised over £650 for WLT’s Action Fund by completing the Three Peaks Challenge - that means climbing the highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Mount Snowdon) within 24 hours!
"I chose WLT because I felt the work they do demonstrates the best way in which to protect our environment."
Thank you to everyone who has raised funds for WLT, helping us to save some of the most threatened habitats and wildlife on Earth. If you are planning a fundraising event, find out more tips and advice or download a WLT Fundraising Pack (3.9 MB).