With over 3,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and fundraising and awareness events held across the globe, the first ever World Lion Day to recognise the importance of the lion and the urgent need for its conservation has been a triumph.
One event, at Sefton Park in Liverpool, was organised in aid of ALERT by Antelope Park researcher, Yvonne Gordon. Find your Pride included a lion hunt around the park, during which participants learned about the species while hunting for hidden lions in the bushes and trees. There was also face and nail painting, goody bags, a raffle with a star prize of tickets to see The Lion King and a gallery of stunning lion portraits for sale.
Yvonne had initially been concerned in case people didn’t turn up on the day, but her worries were completely unfounded. A steady stream of visitors throughout the event ensured that the message about the importance of lion conservation spread throughout the park. In fact, it was impossible to look in any direction without seeing a procession of children with lion-painted faces carrying World Lion Day balloons. With over £1,000 raised on the day, plus vital awareness of ALERT’S work towards the conservation of the King of Beasts, Find your Pride turned out to be a roaring success!
Now here’s looking forward to World Lion Day 2014...
Yvonne and her 'pride'
It is still not too late to make a donation to Find your Pride here.
ALERT would like to thank Yvonne for her hard work and dedication in organising such a fantastic event. If you would like to hold a fundraising activity on ALERT’s behalf, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas.