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Weʼre raising £1,000 to raise one hectare of land for the Vervet Forest in memory of William Laurent

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At the beginning of April, the news hit the Vervet Monkey Foundation that our former chef, our dedicated co-worker, our beloved friend, William Laurent took his own life and left this world for the next.

William was a lifelong animal advocate and passionate vegan, who spent a year at the VMF working with the monkeys and cooking incredible vegan meals for the staff and volunteers. During his time he helped revolutionise the VMF’s vegan outreach programme and encourage dozens of volunteers to lead more plant based lifestyles. He spent his time off surfing in Durban, hiking in Haenertsburg and running with other monkey lovers at the VMF. Prior to his time in South Africa, he spent a year cooking for the Sea Shepard crew in Antarctica, working at vegan fine dining restaurants, and participating in Animal Activist events around Europe. William was a gentle soul who cared deeply for all animals and he will forever be remembered for his infectious smile and love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Guess what time it is? Peanut Butter Jelly Time!" - William, often and enthusiastically

The Vervet Forest

Which brings us to our mission: several of the VMF team want to remember William by doing something he loved, to raise money for a cause he deeply supported: the Vervet Forest . This campaign is to create a several hundred hectare nature reserve of untouched, indigenous local forest to act as a release site for many of the foundation's monkeys, as well as other wildlife in need.

William contributed to the Vervet Forest Campaign in several ways during his time at the foundation - by running the 10 km Uitsoek Mountain Run last October and then by donating a hectare of land to give Meg a lovely mullet haircut for a month.

Our Mission

Our running team plans to run the Magoebaskloof Farm Run 5k on July 6th in his memory. The team consists of: Nico Le Franc, Aisa Coco Perez, Tracey Grey, Ed Sharp and Meg Stark. William used to love doing this course (often finishing well ahead of the pack!) and we know he would get such a kick out of seeing us all run in his honour. Some of us have done plenty of runs with William in the past, while others have never run before. We hope to raise at least £1,000 which will purchase one more hectare of the Vervet Forest and get us one step closer to releasing our monkeys back into the wild.

Together the team will run for the monkeys, for the Vervet Forest, and for William.

Monkey love from Aisa, Tracey, Nico, Ed and Meg <3

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    2 days ago

    Thank you all so much for your support! We are about 6 weeks away from the run and have been following our Couch 2 5k running plan to the T! The team isn't able to run all together everyday but we make up for it if we can't make the communal practice:)

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  • Helen and Dot (craft club)

    Helen and Dot (craft club)

    May 20, 2019

    Good luck for the 5K run.


  • Anonymous


    May 19, 2019

    We hope that you achieve everything you are trying to do.

  • sarah fairman

    sarah fairman

    May 3, 2019

    Sending lots of love to you all. Xx


  • Parveen Soebrati

    Parveen Soebrati

    Apr 30, 2019

    Good luck Megan! Again thanks for all you do for the monkeys😘❤️


  • Anonymous


    Apr 28, 2019

    Good luck. A wonderful cause


  • Josie Du Toit

    Josie Du Toit

    Apr 27, 2019

    Love that you guys are doing this. Will loved running and was in his element training and doing the mountain run. Well done team, you guys are awesome and I know some of you haven't ran in many years.


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