The room was awash with love and surprise when Jill Robinson, founder of Animals Asia Foundation made a surprise appearance at The Nowzad event on Saturday the 11th of November.
Peter Egan, actor and animal lover, had secretly arranged for Jill to appear at the event, alongside Nowzad’s devoted long term volunteer David Hill; after he learned just how much each charity admired the other one.
Jill Robinson hid behind a door at the side of the downstairs room at The Audley pub in Mayfair, as song Bear Necessities played out to a confused Nowzad founder Pen Farthing and partner Hannah Surowinski. It soon dawned on them who it was, after Peter Egan gave plenty of clues about the secret ‘jet-lagged’ guest.
Jill Robinson made her entrance to a delighted crowd, as overjoyed Pen and Hannah met their hero for the first time ever. Jill reciprocated by saying that Pen was one of her heroes also.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, especially from Nowzad’s David Hill, whose devotion and hard work for animals and the charity is evident, alongside his dear wife Ann.
THE 2017 NOWZAD POPPY
In the theatre of war there are many forgotten victims – least of all the animals
From the valiant horses and mules who carried medical supplies, food, water and ammunition in the trenches, to the intrepid messenger pigeons and the gas detecting canaries. Animals have always been a courageous and esteemed comrade to man in times of war.
Operating in Afghanistan, the Nowzad charity knows only too well how human conflict can cause so much pain to a creature who’s only fault is to be born in the wrong place. It is a grueling life for an animal in a war zone and often the struggle to merely survive is lost.
We will honour them all.
Through remembering the fallen we can make a difference to the future. We will change the course of animal welfare in war zones that desperately need Nowzad’s help and support, providing education in the local communities and vital medical assistance.
By reuniting those animals that have given our soldiers much needed companionship during the horrors of a tour of duty. Cats and dogs like Nowzad, the original stray dog that adopted Pen.
This year, wear your Nowzad Poppy with pride alongside your British Legion poppy and honour the animals of war, who had no choice but to be there.
The Nowzad poppy badge is an elegant 28mm solid metal pin badge that is polished gold in colour. The unique 3 leafed poppy design with a white dog paw at the centre is a fitting tribute to the forgotten animals of war.
Following the limited edition poppy released in 2015; we will annually issue a new poppy depicting the year, making it a fabulous collector’s item.
To purchase one of Nowzad’s beautiful poppy pins, please visit: