Lorraine Kelly with AfriCat’s Chair David Farquharson
Very successful Film Night at the Framestore, London
Lorraine Kelly one of AfriCat’s patron’s discussed with David, chairman of AfriCat UK, her interest in conservation in general and AfriCat in particular. Questions were asked and answered including the impact of the shooting of ‘Cecil’ the lion and how we can work together to support people and wildlife. As well as listening to Lorraine those attending where able to see some short films taken by another AfriCat patron Chris Packham on the work of AfriCat and catch up on the current projects.
The audience learned that: The AfriCat Foundation was founded in the early 90’s. Since that time AfriCat has grown significantly but has stayed faithful to its mission. But what developed into a carnivore welfare organisation has over the years identified the need to include a focus on education and research as being essential to accomplishing our mission – the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores and the enhancement of the surrounding communities.
A raffle and other fund raising activities on the evening raised £350 to help fund AfriCat’s Lion Guards work near the Etosha National Park, Namibia.
You can find out more about the crucial role of the AfriCat Lion Guards and how to support them at:
Images of Wildlife kindly donated a handmade cheetah bag to the raffle and had some for sale which tempted Lorraine Kelly. Here Sarah Skinner of Images of Wildlife Photography is pictured with Lorraine Kelly and her new purchase.
The bags were produced by Sarah’s mum which were only on sale at this event. The bags proved to be very popular.
AfriCat also received a donation for each of the bags sold on the evening which was very much appreciated.
Lorraine meets Lorraine Brookes
At the AfriCat Story evening Lorraine was introduced to Lorraine Brookes who recently successfully completed her first half marathon and helped to raise funds for AfriCat for our work in Namibia with large carnivores.
On the night it was announced that Lorraine had made the target of £1000 she had set herself to raise. She added that achieving her target made all the effort worthwhile and she thanked everybody who had supported her.
Well done Lorraine and many thanks from all of us at AfriCat for your efforts.
An original painting, of two cheetah entitled Contented Pair, by wildlife artist Annabel Pope was on display on the evening of the AfriCat Story event, and went to its new home with Camilla Williams pictured.
On the evening Hugo, son of one of the AfriCat UK Trustees, took the picture around on a ‘tour of inspection’ and Camilla’s heart was won. She made AfriCat a generous offer and was delighted when she got to take the picture home with her.
The proceeds will go into the general funds of the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia, including feed, veterinary issues, computers, vehicles, trail cameras, collars, telemetry, research and fuel.