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Philip Holmes

Philip's 60th

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My story

[p]It's my not-so-keenly awaited 60th on the 11th March and I am going to mark the day with a local run at half-marathon distance (13.1 miles) before lunch. I have asked for no presents, no surprise parties or anything like that. Instead, I am inviting well-wishers to donate a few pounds in sponsoring me towards supporting a ChoraChori project that I have chosen specially for this "auspicious" occasion.[/p][p]Nepal is already in the grip of the Climate Emergency. In 2017 I was appealing for funds towards flood relief in the south of the country. The cause is multifactorial but all elements relate to climate change - melting glaciers causing higher river levels, unseasonal heavy rains and deforestation. The floods are just the first signs of what represents an existential threat to Nepalese families and indeed to all of us. I am determined to do what I can as an individual - and as quickly as possible - at least to mitigate the impact of climate change.[/p][p]It has to be said that I also have a love affair with Nepal and its wildlife and especially with the wonderful flora and fauna that is to be found - and that is in peril - on Nepal's southern plains where I lived back in 2004/2005. Illegal logging involving 3% of the population has affected the livelihoods of the 97% who live in forest areas, not to mention the impact on the birds and animals. Now through my friend Dev Mandal (pictured) and his colleagues at the Mithila Wildlife Trust we are going to restore depleted forests and the prospects of forest communities and their children. Re-planting trees is going to be a win-win-win situation for people, animals and of course the climate.[/p][p]As a first project we are homing in on a badly degraded community forest (see picture) at Bhatighadi, northeast of Janakpur (see picture). The community have already got to work and planted saplings in six hectares of the 30 that need replanting with dramatic results (see picture of new growth). But they also need to reinstate a water supply, including by dredging a silted-up river bed, if the forest is to return to its former glory. If we can give the villagers a helping hand they can make a sustainable home for two of the three species of deer (the ungainly hog deer and elegant spotted deer - both pictured) and many other birds and animals besides. The Mithila Wildlife Trust has already successfully engaged with the community to ensure that this will be a lasting benefit and that from here on the forest will be managed responsibly for their benefit and for generations to come.[/p][p]Our aim is to restore 20 hectares (0.2 square kilometres) of forest. This will involve first installing a basic water supply at a cost of £1,100 followed by £2,000 for the planting of the first 1,100 saplings that will cover 0.8 hectares. That means that the full reforestation will cost £50,000 in due course. If I happen to exceed my target, then of course we can buy more saplings according to the funds available.[/p][p]Please help with your sponsorship, however modest, in any major currency. At 60, I am looking forward with enthusiasm and optimism to what I can yet achieve through ChoraChori and with your kind support. There's life in this old dog yet....[/p][p]Thank you so much![/p][p]Philip[/p]
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11 Mar 2020

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Mar 26, 2020

Philip Holmes

Happy birthday to me!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 16, 2020

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 15, 2020

Chris Perks

Great work, Philip. Happy to donate to this good cause.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2020

Sue

Philip you are only just out of childhood at 60. I can see years of running ahead for you... All the Best !!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2020

Christine Andrews

Best wishes.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2020

Anonymous

£30.00

Mar 13, 2020

Sara Whamond

A belated HB Philip

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2020

Sudha Rai

Shyabash , Philip Bhai. You are an inspiration. Happy 60th Birthday. Stay safe. Love & blessings, Sudha DD. X

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 12, 2020

D and I H

Belated happy birthday Phil! Hope you've recovered from the half marathon run. We're not donating a pound a mile but a pound a year! Hope you hit your target and all the best for this your latest initiative.

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Mar 12, 2020

Liz Every

Happy Birthday Philip, I hope you had a good day!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid