Running with ALERT's Pride
November 12 2015

AFRICA NEEDS LIONS - that goes without saying. But, when you learn that in the last 21 years alone, lion populations have declined by 42% across the Continent, you begin to realise that we can’t afford to take Africa’s ‘King of Beasts’ for granted. We must act NOW before it’s too late.  

That’s why ALERT supporters, Lorna, Kerry and Michelle - along with their family and friends, will be donning Santa suits and running round a cold (and possibly rainy) park in London to raise vital funding for our charity. The Santa Run is a 5k run on December 6th organised by Do It For Charity in which estimated an 4,000 runners will be raising money for 100s of good causes. We need our supporters to get behind TEAM ALERT and help make this event a success. Please donate TODAY.    

Let’s hear from some of the runners themselves about what motivates them support ALERT’s work.

Hi, my name is LORNA HARVEY. In 2013, I spent an amazing six months interning with ALERT at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe, where I was given a lot of individual responsibility and took control of aspects of the project, such as meat preparation, lion feeds and cub feeding. I was also given the task of carrying out some of the research for the Stage Two Ngamo release pride independently. This experience was invaluable and I owe a lot to ALERT as they enabled me to apply successfully for a Master’s Degree. I aim to give back as much as I can to ALERT as a thank you for the opportunity and all they have given me. This is why I am raising money and doing one thing I hate the most...running, and of course roping in my lovely friends Georgie, Joe, Rob and Dan in the process! Any fundraising - big or small - will help ALERT continue its work in order to save dwindling African Lion populations. 

Hi, I'm MICHELLE KEEL-STOCKER, an enthusiastic wildlife conservationist and large cat researcher. I have been studying for the past six years and am qualified with a First Class BSc Honours and an MSc degree in Global Wildlife Conservation and Biodiversity studies.

I worked with ALERT during the summer of 2013 at Antelope Park, Zimbabwe for my final BSc research project, conducting research into practical, low-cost behavioural enrichments that would stimulate natural territorial behaviours. Upon its completion, the research was found to be successful and was published with ALERT. After recently finishing my MSc, I am now looking for a future career in large cat conservation and research. I'm participating in the ALERT Santa Run - along with my partner JASON WOODS - as I know first-hand how valuable the research and conservation work is that ALERT does in all efforts to protect and preserve the African Lion species.

Hi I’m KERRY BARRETT. I have three children - two of whom are joining me on the Santa Run - and I work as a teaching assistant in a primary school. I’ve volunteered twice at Lion Encounter in Zambia and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE animals - especially lions, elephants and chimpanzees. I’m a member of the Pride of ALERT Fundraising Network and have organised lots of events at the school to raise money for the charity. 

My name is TOM LAMONT and I’m 15. I’m currently studying for GCSEs in PE and graphic design. I like football and am a Liverpool fan. I also enjoy playing on my Xbox and am an animal lover.

I’m BEN LAMONT, Tom’s brother and I’m 12. For my 11th birthday, I adopted Phyre from the Ngamo pride in Zimbabwe. As well as being an animal lover, I enjoy long distance running and love football, especially Manchester City FC.

Hello, my name is DAVE REED. I’m a dad of two, who works as a filler technician and on the management team of a farm-owned dairy in Essex. My hobby is walking and I like spending time on the PlayStation 4. I’m taking part in the Santa Run to support my partner Kerry’s passion for ALERT.

Please visit TEAM ALERT’s online fundraising page and show your support today: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/africanlion/alertsantarun

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