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Cassie Thackray

Canoe trip up the river Zambezi

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My story

[p]Meeting Jane Keogh at a network event in Harrogate, I was told that she was inspirational, kind hearted, driven woman and could change anyone’s life with a single conversation…..and boy, they were not kidding! Within minutes, Jane was talking about a trip she was organising this summer, a short week or so later, I was honored to be given a place.[/p][p]Camping and canoeing are right up my street but an adventure to Zambia is bigger than I ever imagined. A girl from Yorkshire who’s been living a relatively sheltered life since leaving university is finally strapping on her big girl pants, leaving my creature comforts and my beautiful sausage dog at home and is venturing across the equator! Africa could not be more out of my comfort zone but everything about it this trip has me excited. [/p][p]Our self funded life-changing trip includes: [/p][p]-traveling to a country full of culture and colour with 10 crazy people.[/p][p]-visiting a sanctuary in Lusaka for orphan elephants. [/p][p]-5 days in a double canoe down the Zambezi whilst camping under the milky way on the riverbank full of crocs and hippos. [/p][p]-going to visit a local school and spend some time with the children. [/p][p][br][/p][p]We hope to each raise a minimum of £1500.00, the full amount of which will be given to support Conversation Lower Zambezi and their EEP programme. Their aim is to combat poaching of wildlife and natural resource exploitation by educating the younger generations in helping change mindsets and raise awareness, safe guarding of wildlife and environment. CLZ currently works with 65 schools, reaching over 3,000 students. [/p][p]Reading this, some of you know that my recent past has lead me to reevaluate what is important in life. Material possessions have a value, but experiences are priceless, this adventure will surely open my eyes to all the beauty of Africa, and all the experiences life has to offer when you just go for it. [/p][p]Please donate all you can spare, and in return I will take so many images, you will feel like you have been along with me for the ride. In the meantime, please take a look at the photos from the last trip, plus a few from our first practise in Coniston, Lake District a few weeks ago. [/p][p]The two paintings are two of three paintings that have been created by two wonderful young artists who have donated them to be auctioned at our Charity Event at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate which the entire proceeds going to the charity, Rose and Georgie Vestey are incredibly talented! Please get in touch if you would like to enter an offer for these beautiful pieces. [/p][p]Thank you in advance! [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

09 Jul 2019



Jul 20, 2019

The Mortimers

Go for it you wonderful person!!!xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 10, 2019


Brilliant Cass!! Ria xx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jun 30, 2019

Bonnie Steel

What an adventure! Lots of love and luck xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2019


Happy birthday and have a great trip x

Jun 25, 2019

Alex C

Happy Birthday 🥳 Hope you have an amazing time!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2019

Lorraine and Graham

Sooo exciting have a great time n keep safe love you loads Mum n Dad xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2019

Dave and Hayley

Sound ace, hope you have a great time

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 17, 2019

Hannah Smith

Wow what an adventure you will have! You go girl :-) Great cause Xx

Jun 10, 2019


£75 from dinner attendees at Rudding


May 3, 2019

Judith Wilson

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid