Tough Mudder is complete. This was before. Still waiting for Tough Mudder to post out muddy pics. Now time to run run run and get ready for the Gold Coast Marathon
November 21, 2016
BENEFITING: Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, Inc.
Tough Mudder was completed on 19th Nov.
Thanks to all who sponsored me.
It was definitely a challenge. I'd say mentally as much as physically. Ice baths, High Walls & Dark Tunnels ha.
Now my focus is training for The Gold Coast Marathon - 1st July 2017.
Please read below the reason I have chosen to raise money and awareness for THE DOLPHIN PROJECT
As a child I dreamt of one day swimming with dolphins, I had huge dolphins posters in my room, dolphin ornaments and earrings and anything with dolphins on I wanted.
I even enquired about "swim with dolphin experiences" numerous times, even as an adult.
As naive as it sounds I always thought that the dolphins in captivity had been rescued from some other awful fate or that they were able to come and go from the pools as they pleased. For example I visited Seaworld in Perth when I was 13 & because the pool they performed in was by the sea I assumed they could come and go as they pleased...how ridiculous does that seem now. For years this is what I believed.
Flipper was one of my favourite movies growing up and only 4 years ago I was introduced to the film 'The Cove' a film about the real story behind dolphins in captivity & was horrified to learn the truth.
Annually dolphins are being hunted in Taiji, Japan. Banger boats go out to sea and when the dolphins are spotted they surround them and make horrendous noises under the sea so that the dolphins become disorientated and are then driven into a netted area. Dolphin trainers then select the ones to be taken into captivity and sold to dolphin abusement parks around the world.
Others are SLAUGHTERED or driven back out to sea.
Many juveniles that are driven back out to sea would not survive after this ordeal and missing members of their pod. The ones that are slaughtered are brutally stabbed, dying a slow and painful death.
The meat is sold to Japanese people, even when it has been proved that dolphin meat is dangerous to consume as it contains high levels of mercury. It is an awful time of year from Sept to March when this happens.
I believe this will only end when everyone becomes aware of the horrible story behind the dolphins in captivity and I want to help spread awareness and raise money to help the dolphin project.
The Dolphin Project was launched by Ric O'Barry on Earth Day 1970 and has been going ever since. The mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit.
Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.
Ric O'Barry originally worked as a trainer, he trained Flipper. He realised when the dolphin who played flipper died that dolphins were not supposed to be in captivity and what he had contributed was wrong. He then launched the dolphin project and since has been doing everything possible to try and end the industry.
In London last year Sept 2015 I attended a protest outside the Japanese Embassy in London where along side lots of other activists I was a voice for the dolphins. I met Ric O'Barry himself in London and he is just amazing, he is completely devoted to putting things right and stopping dolphin captivity and entertainment all around the world.
The money I will raise from this fundraiser will be of great support towards a project that I feel so deeply about.
WHO ELSE LOVES DOLPHINS????
Please sponsor me to swim through mud & run 41K if you do.
Thank you for your support.