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Friday, January 22, 2010

Fundraising reached its target!

Well well, I don’t really know where to start today. A couple of days ago I told you all about Kevin Malone, who kindly donated a wopping £350. That brought our total up significantly.
Today however, I have checked again and I am gobsmacked, proud and excited to tell you we have reached our target of £1000!
The money from this fundraising is going to some amazing causes. Shimoni’s forests are suffering terrible degradation everyday, putting the survival of some extremely vulnerable species in serious jeopardy. Not only this, but thousands of people in the area rely on the forest for natural resources such as fuel, medicine, fishing tools and cultural practises.
With this money raised, FSF are planning on pushing forward with the Friends of Shimoni Forest Scholarship Fund and sending local children to secondary school on the condition they give something back to local conservation. Other destinations for the money include paying the wages of forest patrols, finalising the tourist trail and setting up alternative livelihoods.

Colobus Monkey, mother and calf

Every penny counts towards this cause, there are no admin costs or middle men, so this money can take FSF a long way! I cant even put into words how over the moon I am to see this, and how much it will mean to the people here, so I will say it simply;

Dear John “the Jam” Gerber, Timothy McCollough, Kevin Malone, Shirley Corti, Jennifer LeClair, Becky Law, Rick Hill, Katherine Blackwood and two anonymous benefactors,
From Friends of Shimoni Forest, the people of Shimoni, the colobus monkeys and other inhabitants of the forest, and everyone else working hard for the cause,

Thank you. Really, seriously, thank you.