2018 is going to be an exciting year for The Born Free Foundation as a huge challenge has just been announced today on World Wildlife Day by Actor Dan Richardson and Athlete Annie Connolly.
The duo are to embark on a challenge of a lifetime with the goal to raise £50,000 for The Born Free Foundation and its not just any old goal, its an incredible one!
They are to scale mountains and tall buildings all over the UK which will include Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in Cumbria and Snowdon in Wales, plus the Shard in London, the Eiffel Tower and other tall buildings across the UK in 8 different cities – and all in 8 DAYS!
The challenge hopes to start around June 23rd – 30th and it’ll start with Ben Nevis and hopes to work it’s way south, but the exact cities and buildings are yet to be confirmed.
The pair hope to climb 20,000 feet in total to represent the fact that there are only 20,000 lions left in the wild – a significant number which draws home just how endangered these big cats are now.
This year, the theme to the World Wildlife Day is Big Cats: Predators Under Threat. All kinds of events are planned across the world to celebrate these magnificent animals, and, more importantly, to raise awareness of the perilous situation in which they find themselves, almost without exception as a result of human activities such as poaching, land conversion and conflict.
Dan Richardson and Annie Connolly are no strangers to challenges after kayaking the British Channel and cycling to London last year for charity IAPWA raising almost £15,000 for a van for spaying and neutering Romanian stray dogs.
Actor Dan Richardson is patron to the Born Free Foundation, Ambassador to Angels for the Innocent Foundation and IAPWA. Vegan Athlete Annie is also an Ambassador for Angels for the Innocent and IAPWA. The pair have made it a life long commitment to use their skills to help animals in need and we all hope that you will support them in this new challenge and raise the £50,000 needed for The Born Free Foundation to help big cats in the wild.
To read more about World Wildlife Day and Big Cats on The Born Free Foundation website please click HERE
More updates on the challenge next week….and a challenge donation page will be set up shortly by The Born free Foundation