From space hopping to sky diving, our supporters pulled out all the stops in 2012 to raise funds for World Land Trust (WLT).
Looking back over the past year, it’s impossible to pick out a favourite fundraising moment. As Anne Clifford, WLT Fundraising Officer, puts it: “They are all favourites! And they all did magnificently well.”
John Burton, WLT Chief Executive, congratulates all the supporters who raised funds for WLT last year: “The fundraising efforts of WLT supporters in 2012 have been outstanding. I continue to be impressed and heartened by the generosity, commitment and enthusiasm of our supporters. At a time of economic difficulty, raising funds for charity is not easy, and funding raised by WLT supporters year in year out is invaluable.”
Our thanks go to everyone who took part in 2012’s fundraising efforts, some of whom are named below. We are also grateful to all those that sponsored and supported them, namely friends, families, work colleagues and employers.
In terms of both individual and team efforts, WLT supporters pushed themselves to the limit.
Roger Auster space hopped a calf-muscle busting four miles along Gwithian Beach in Cornwall. He bounced his way to a Guinness World RecordTM and raised more than £1,000 for WLT.
Silas Hedley-Lawrence raised over £300 for WLT’s Caucasian Leopard Appeal by completing a sky dive, while Maxine Chan cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and ran a half-marathon in her home town of Toronto. Maxine raised £1,254.50 and saved 12 acres of rainforest in Colombia.
Julia Barrott and her mum Anne, sister Faye and friend Sheena climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised £450 for the Action Fund.
Steve Attwood and his team taking part in the Men’s Survival of the Fittest had raised just under £400 by the end of last year.
Cycling for species
CBRE employees based in London raised an incredible £11,000 by cycling from Toulouse to Barcelona, and are already making plans for next year’s charity ride from Munich to Trieste.
At the other end of the cycling spectrum, seven year old Freddy Jemison pedalled 10 miles with his dad on World Animal Day in October, and raised £170. Afterwards Freddy said: “My legs felt like jelly. I was exhausted! It felt really brilliant though because I’ve done something to help save wildlife.”
Running for rainforests
Our big running event in 2012 was the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in October, and the 10 WLT supporters who took up our charity places raised more than £4,000 between them. Two runners with their own places in the race also supported WLT.
Dave Scott ran the Reading half marathon dressed as Elvis Presley, complete with quiff, rhinestones and dance routines, and raised £700, while Roger Wood ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon.
Matt Monckton, Sales Director at WLT corporate supporter Enterprise Plants, went one further, running in the Southend Half Marathon as well as the Royal Parks.
But raising funds in 2012 wasn’t all about physical effort. Several supporters asked for donations to WLT instead of gifts.
Peter Heber Percy and his new wife Viviane (from Brazil) raised a generous donation of £5,570 instead of wedding presents. Another newly wed couple, Liz Fletcher and John Feay raised £305 by asking friends and family to donate to WLT’s Buy an Acre Fund.
Back in 2010, on his 50th birthday, Robin Travis, a supporter in Malpas, Cheshire, asked for donations to WLT instead of gifts. WLT have continued to receive donations ever since and to date Robin and his friends and family have raised £2,510.
In February 2012, Mark Bailey celebrated his 60th birthday with a party that raised almost £650 for land purchase in Ecuador.
Buying a painting from World Land Trust’s gallery in Halesworth is a great way to raise funds for WLT. To mark his retirement at the end of 2012, Norfolk doctor John Sampson spent the money raised by his patients on an original artwork from WLT gallery.
Meanwhile, Bizzaz Hair in Exeter dedicated its May 2012 relaunch to WLT and raised £200 for the Buy an Acre Fund.
Further afield, fans of Korean pop star Seo Taiji raised funds to plant 5,000 trees in the threatened Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. The area planted has been named the Seotaiji Forest.
Students save threatened habitats
Raising money for WLT isn’t just for adults. Young people are also enthusiastic fund raisers.
Around 116 schools, colleges, educational establishments and youth groups donated to World Land Trust projects in 2012. These donations were raised in a range of ways including bake sales, non-uniform days, making and selling fruit kebabs, and selling art work created by children.
The largest donations from single educational establishments came from: Jerwoods Lower School in Oakham, Rutland (£865), St Peter’s Lutheran College, Australia (£870), the British School Al-Rehab, Egypt (£900), Farlingaye High School, Woodbridge, Suffolk (£1,179.34).