Tess Shellard


Blue Ventures
Blue Ventures rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people.
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The Mighty Jogle

Tess Shellard

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TessShellard

Hi everyone!

As you all know I'm taking on a hefty challenge this summer - hiking 1293 miles over 54 days from John o' Groats to Land's End. It'll be worth every single blister though if it means spreading the word - and hopefully raising a lot of cash - for some truly pioneering work being carried out in Madagascar by Blue Ventures.

Not only are they carrying out marine conservation but they've taken the inspired step of integrating reproductive and sexual health services into the project - which at first may seem surprising but actually makes a mind-bogglingly ridiculous amount of sense.

The fish stocks are only being depleted and the reefs damaged because the fishermen are struggling to provide enough food in the midst of a population explosion. Conservation work on the reef would be doomed to fail without supporting the villagers to overcome the underlying cause of their crisis. By providing basic family planning to those who want it, and education on conserving their coastal resources, the community now has a chance of being able to feed itself for generations to come.

What’s more, for what is such a small amount of money relatively-speaking, by providing basic sexual and reproductive health services they can help to improve survival rates for mother and baby, provide fulfilling careers for villagers as peer educators and – perhaps one of the most moving aspects for me – help to empower the local women.

Thank you so much for anything you can donate to support this work - please spread the word to anyone you can!

Recent donors

14.08.10 Brilliant! Very well done Tess. I stand in awe.

15.07.10 Very impressed, Tess! Sounds a brilliant cause too. Glad you returned safe and sound!

12.07.10 Congratulations Tess! Well done! Great to have you back!

10.07.10 Very well done - a fantastic achievement!

08.07.10 An amazing feat - well done. Mark.

06.07.10 Well done!


01.07.10 Good luck!! I'm a friend of Becks too.


30.06.10 We don't know each other Tess, but I heard about this through Becks Hill at BV. I was a volunteer back in 2008 and saw first hand the amazing work which Becks did out there and I think its fab that you are continuing it!! Great Work!!

29.06.10 What an achievment i am proud to have walked some of this momentous walk with you !

29.06.10 I've known Maggi for (almost) ever. Good luck and our very best wishes for an amazing feat (feet??).

25.06.10 look after those feet!

20.06.10 We're friends of Maggi & Dave. Happy to support such effort in a good cause.

18.06.10 . . . you must be nearly there by now - well done!





06.06.10 Great cause...good luck! From a previous BV volunteer.

02.06.10 Best of luck Tess! Rather you than me.

01.06.10 We're highly impressed (having recently done 4 days @10 miles/day!). Every good wish.





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