ALERT supporter, Kerry Barrett, brought a little touch of Africa to Howbridge Junior School’s Summer Fun Day earlier this month. The event which took place on a sunny day in the school grounds in Witham, Essex, boasted over 50 stalls including a barbecue, falconry display and of course Kerry’s ALERT stall.
Packed full of photographs and information about ALERT’s work, including both release prides, the stall created a lot of interest amongst pupils, their parents and other visitors. Pictures of the Zambian cubs, the 8SNs, drew the inevitable ‘aahhs’ and many people were interested to learn more about the community projects supported by ALERT, having presumed that lions were the sole focus of our work.
As part of the event, Kerry held a raffle with prizes including a Lion Country DVD and book signed by ALERT Chief Operating Officer, David Youldon, and a Join our Pride membership for a full year. Both items were won by children from the school, who were understandably over the moon with their prizes!
Kerry’s hard work paid off; raising £60 for ALERT, but just as importantly, introducing a new audience to the plight of the African lion and the need for conservation strategies to ensure its continued survival. The people I spoke to were shocked to hear of the rapidly declining numbers of African lions in the wild’, Kerry said.
Many thanks to Kerry from everyone at ALERT. If you would like to organise a fundraising event on ALERT’s behalf, please contact Helen Rennie to discuss your idea at: firstname.lastname@example.org.