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WILD HORIZONS WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE AND SANCTUARY's Fundraiser:

Walking for Wild

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CONGRATULATIONS!
July 22, 2017

Words cannot express our profound gratitude to our generous and remarkable donors. Together, we did it! It's time to get to work and we will  See more

THE STORY:

     Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT) was the dream of a dedicated wildlife conservationists Gavin and Best and his wife Shay. Gavin’s love was rescuing, rehabilitation and raising orphaned elephants and releasing them back into the wild. He had a dream to start a wildlife trust dedicated to saving African wildlife and empowering rural communities so that they could peacefully coexist with the wildlife with which they share the landscape.  

     One night nearly a decade ago, Gavin and I happened to bump into each other and eager to catch up we decamped to  the pub for a few beers.  The few beers turned into a long session and  Gavin told me of his dream to start a wildlife trust dedicated to the  rescue and rehabilitation of snared or injured animals and to build a  fully functional wildlife laboratory to identify and treat animal  diseases. He also said he wanted to explore ways and means of dealing  with wildlife/human conflict and educate rural populations on the  importance of wildlife. After six hours our respective irate wives came  looking for us which is just as well as the ideas and dreams were  getting larger and more, seemingly at the time, preposterous as the  evening progressed. 

     That would be the last time I ever saw Gavin, three days later he was dead - killed by one of the orphaned elephants he so loved and had practically hand raised. Fortunately, Gavin’s dream didn’t die with him that day. Friends and family came together to form a Board of Directors and chip in seed money for what would later become VFWT.  

     Another tragedy struck a few years later when Shay, who had been a driving force behind the trust and its patrons, died of an aneurysm. If I had two wishes, one of them forever doomed to be unfulfilled, would be for Gavin and Shay to see their dreams come to fruition and to hear Gavin's delighted laughter to see that even our beer fueled flights of fantasy are not so farfetched after all. The other, eminently possible with your generosity, is to see the trust continues its great work, and is able to take on new projects and expand.   

     I am honored to sit on the Board of Trustees for VFWT, and each year I do a walk for wildlife that benefits VFWT - a non-stop, long-distance trek that takes place in just 24 hours, covers some of the most majestic and wild landscapes in Zimbabwe. 

     This year, Walking for Wild will take place July 8th and 9th. Money raised will help support our snare removal, rhino dehorning and other anti-poaching efforts, a wildlife conflict hotline, our mobile livestock boma – predation prevention program, wildlife laboratory needs, and our rural community education and empowerment programs to steward a culture of coexistence with wildlife. 

     I sincerely hope you can support this extremely worthwhile trust that accomplishes tremendous amount of good. 

Thank you for your generosity; we can’t do this without with you.  

Keep on walking, 

Leon Varley.    


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To This Fundraiser

$11,505

MONEY RAISED
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  • Deano

     

  • Melissa Crain

     

  • Matt & Lizzie

     

  • Maggie kung

     

  • Breda

     

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  • Susan

     

  • Paul and Suzanne

     

  • Meike and Gerard

     

  • Simon & Portia Rowlands

     

  • Laurie Dunbar

     

  • Tim and Carolyn

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Neil and stella Fuller

     

  • Offline Donations from the Finish Line!

     

  • Jo and Jim

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • John & Emma Spence

     

  • Karen Cockburn

     

  • Michael wilson from hawaii

     

  • Wilkie and Becky Cheong

     

  • Sylvia and John

     

  • Louise Rickard

     

  • Jim harper

     

  • Guy Armstrong-Watters

     

  • robert berger

     

  • Lisa Woods

     

  • Thora, Niki & Kathy Taylor

     

  • Anonymous

     

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  • Martha Ballard

     

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  • Agnethe Kristiansen

     

  • Edith Yelland

     

  • Bacon Family - Australia

     

  • Jeremy Brooks

     

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115% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $11,505 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Jeremy Brooks

Jeremy Brooks

3 months ago

Bacon Family - Australia

Bacon Family - Australia

3 months ago

Edith Yelland

Edith Yelland

3 months ago

Agnethe Kristiansen

Agnethe Kristiansen

3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 months ago

Martha Ballard

Martha Ballard

Thank You Martha for visiting us, and for your support! Please come back soon. 3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Acknowledging a great cause, and also Leon's commitment to preserving wildlife for the future of both Zimbabwe and the world as a whole. 3 months ago

Thora, Niki & Kathy Taylor

Thora, Niki & Kathy Taylor

On behalf of Steve Taylor's B'day :) Happy B'day!!!! 3 months ago

Lisa Woods

Lisa Woods

Thanks for all you do! 3 months ago