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Milton Keynes, Reino Unido

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WALK FOR WILDLIFE

I'm doing a sponsored walk to raise money to preserve African wildlife and coral reefs. I'll be walking the first part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route in Spain, starting June 20th. Funds raised will go towards me volunteering on wildlife conservation projects in South Africa from September. I was recently made redundant and am unemployed so I need your help to reach my goal.

- Many coral reefs around the world have suffered catastrophic bleaching from which they may never recover, so it's never been more important to preserve the remaining ones. I'll be working for Marine Conservation, monitoring the fauna and flora of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Its coral reefs are home to over 90 species of corals and sponges and over 1200 fish species. As well as helping to protect and preserve the local ecosystem, project data contributes to international studies on migratory patterns of large marine creatures and to assessing the effects of shifting global weather patterns. The project also runs local community outreach activities like educational workshops and awareness campaigns.

- The Big 5 Conservation project is based in a unique ecosystem, home to free roaming large animals like elephant, lion, rhinos, buffalo and leopard, among many others. Some of the animals are keystone species, meaning they are vital to the continued health of the whole eco-system they inhabit. Some are already listed as vulnerable or critically endangered and their future hangs in the balance. This is SA’s first reserve located close to an urban area so, in addition to monitoring species behaviour, numbers and habitat, I'll be helping research issues surrounding human-wildlife coexistence.

These projects, run by ethical non-profit Pod Volunteer, are huge undertakings which really need cash and volunteers to continue. I’m very excited about the opportunity to contribute to these important projects, but I need your help to do it.

I’m looking for sponsorship to cover my donations to the projects themselves, plus fees for pre-departure & in-country support, and part of my travel and transport (the rest, plus other expenses, I'll be covering out of my own redundancy money). Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. I really need your support to help me reach by goal. Anything I raise over the total will be donated to the Pod Charity.

Both walking the Camino and volunteering in South Africa are going to be very challenging but I'm excited about it all. After 10 years as a desk-jockey, it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and canter off into the African sunset in search of a good cause, via the searing sidewalks of Spain. Since I never like to keep my observations to myself, I will be blogging about my experiences along the way. So you can look forward to being entertained by my middle-aged rumblings about early starts, shared bathrooms and gap-year backpackers. And if that's the hairiest it gets, then I'll be very happy!

So, hands in pockets time. And ask yourself: when the last rhino disappears from the face of the earth, do you really want to be wondering whether it could have been prevented if only you'd given Kate a few quid?

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  • christian lorigan

    christian lorigan

    Jun 24, 2018

    Go Kate!! Xx

    £30.00

  • Kirsty Green-Mann

    Kirsty Green-Mann

    Jun 18, 2018

    Wishing you all the best with this. K x

    £10.00

  • Steph Davis

    Steph Davis

    Jun 15, 2018

    Go Kate! Wishing you the best,StephaniePS - Wish I could join you ;)

  • Carey Reed

    Carey Reed

    Jun 14, 2018

    Watch out Camino. Here she comes. Brava!

    £50.00

  • Margaret Holmes

    Margaret Holmes

    Jun 10, 2018

    Well done Kate. Enjoy!

    £20.00

  • Alice Turner

    Alice Turner

    Jun 9, 2018

    Have a good camino and all the best with your wildlife saving adventures! xx

    £10.00

  • Martin Cooper

    Martin Cooper

    Jun 8, 2018

    Go for it. And bring me back a rhino...

    £20.00

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Katherine  Williams

Katherine Williams

Milton Keynes, Reino Unido

I'm a 46-year old Brit with two dogs and a boyfriend. I was recently made redundant after nearly eight years with the same company. In the grip of a rather late mid-life crisis, I have decided to grasp the nettle of unemployment and cook it up into a nutritious soup of change.

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