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Beth Walker

Journey Down the Zambezi by Canoe

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My story

[p][b]Please note: I will be funding this journey out of my own pocket so your entire donation will go to my chosen charity.[/b][/p][p][b][u]My Fundraising Story [/u][/b][/p][p]When I was invited to join a group of 9 adults from the UK, on an intrepid 80km, 4 Day journey by canoe, down the Crocodile and Hippo infested waters of the Lower Zambezi and camping overnight on remote islands along the river... well…. I bit their hand off. [/p][p]Collectively, our mission is to raise as much money and awareness as we can for local projects, on behalf of Tusk.org and the Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) foundation.[/p][p][i] “CLZ is a non-governmental organisation committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi through environmental protection, education and supporting local community development”.[/i][/p][p][i] “The Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding game management areas are home to a wide range of biodiversity including four threatened species according to the IUCN red list (African elephant, hippo, lion and African wild dog). [/i][url=http://www.tusk.org/conservation-lower-zambezi][i](http://www.tusk.org/conservation-lower-zambezi)[/i][/url][/p][p]Tusk.org, (which Prince William is Patron) aims to;[/p][p] “… forge an inextricable link between the preservation of Africa’s natural heritage and the future of its land, culture and people”. [url=http://www.tusk.org/about]http://www.tusk.org/about[/url][/p][p][b][u]Education is inextricably linked to the project’s success[/u][/b][/p][p]Mercifully, preservation and sustainability is being taught in communities here. But ACCESS to school education is NOT free in Zambia. I am personally committed to raising at least £1,500 to sponsor orphaned and disadvantaged children in rural Zambia to go to secondary school (years, 9, 10 & 11). That money will provide 3 years of secondary education, accommodation and boarding plus school supplies, uniforms, toiletries and groceries for one child (although I would love to raise more).[/p][p]We plan to visit the school during the trip.[/p][p][b][u]It will be my 40-something birthday during the trip (mid July 2018). What an exciting way to spend a birthday. [/u][/b][/p][p]Which means, my dear family, friends, acquaintances and gorgeous folk in general, perhaps you could consider giving 2 donations to the pot. One charitable and the other in place of the lavish gift you were going to buy me anyway… :) [/p][p][b][u]Seriously though...[/u][/b][/p][p]I have always felt a deep connection to the environment and a real duty of care for animals and people. There were always two sides of the World, the Global coin, that I sharply felt growing up. The really ugly and heartbreaking manmade one… and the joyful natural and harmonious, Louis Armstrong one. [/p][p]As the years have gone by, I am even more appalled and dismayed by the impact humans are having on our planet. But I also realise how much of the situation is connected to poverty and poor education – as much as it is carelessness, corruption and greed.[/p][p][b][u]This is what I am going to do to hopefully raise funds to help:[/u][/b][/p][p]I must admit now I am committed, it's dawning on me just how intrepid this trip could be! The mental and physical challenge isn't to be sniffed at.[/p][p]I will be canoeing and camping up-close and personal amongst seriously wild and unpredictable beasts:[/p][p]Hypos - responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other wild animal.[/p][p]Enormous crocodiles[/p][p]Elephants[/p][p]Wild dogs[/p][p]Rhino maybe?[/p][p]Then there’s the snakes and spiders and whole host of other insects that like to bite[/p][p]Risk of Cholera - Over 2000 cases of cholera have been reported in Lusaka, where we're staying, in the last 3 months. [/p][p]Malaria[/p][p]Chronic Sickness & Illness [/p][p]Mine or someone else's injury or worse[/p][p][b][u]You might now expect me to ask you to sponsor me by suggesting I sit in a bath of cold baked beans for 24 hours…[/u][/b][/p][p]… or perhaps swim the English Channel in the freezing seas covered in Goose fat (as if), or any of the other fundraising methods employed and endured by others asking for a financial contribution to their cause. [/p][p]If I am lucky enough to survive unscathed from all of these dangers, at my age, there is probably a real risk that, due to all of the 80km paddling up the Zambezi, I will have back and neck pains until Christmas.[/p][p]I am prepared to face the dangers and risks ahead for this cause - WHAT WILL YOU DO?[/p][p][b]All that I am asking of you, dear friends, is that you give what you can to help me to do what I can for this very worthy cause.[/b][/p][p][b]I am relying on you. I sincerely hope that you can help me to make a difference to our World. Please don’t let them down. [/b][/p][p][b]REMEMBER: To Gift Aid your donation as that money gets added to the pot. [/b]The more we raise, the more children we can support and educate, the more promise the future holds for everyone.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

11 Jul 2018



Jul 2, 2018

James Benjafield

Good Luck Beth!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 29, 2018

Stone Design

Towanda, righter of wrongs, queen beyond compare!


Jun 22, 2018

Tim Scott Bolton

good luck-look after yourself!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 16, 2018


Wishing you all the success in the world! Stay safe. XX


Jun 14, 2018

Team Gaz Han

Good luck mate. Looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing the pictures when you get back. Will keep you posted on Gary Jr’s arrival Xx

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jun 14, 2018

Hannah xxx

Good luck, can’t wait to see the pictures xxx

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2018


Hello my dear I hope you'll get there! Big hug, Maaike.

Jun 9, 2018

Al Nikki Molly and Ferg

Good luck and have fun

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 7, 2018

Ray Ray

Stay safe and have fun Beth

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 29, 2018

Your Neighbour Martin

Good luck Beth!