Henry Cavill is an ambassador for two major causes, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Royal Marines Charity. Follow our Charity Updates to learn more about these serious institutions, their projects and how to collaborate with these causes.
Durrell‘s week began with the support of Stephen Fry who released a video of the project Bat on the Brink, a joint program of the Durrell, Bristol Zoological Society and the University of Bristol, which aims to raise funds to improve the lives of Livingstone’s Fruit Bats, species of the bat adopted by Henry Cavill – Ben, allowing future generations to return to nature.
Experiment.com said: “Funding would enable the vital investigation of relatedness in captive bats, allowing for the prevention of inbreeding, the assessment of hereditary diseases, the comparison of wild and captive genetics and ensure the continued success of the captive breeding program.“
To donate and have access to more information, go to the Experiment website.
On Tuesday 23 the gorilla Hlala Kahilli turned 30 years. She and her family received cards from the Marmite Gene Project project and many pamperings from all of Durrell’s caretakers and staff.
Hlala is the daughter of the Jambo gorilla, who arrived in Durrell in 1976 and was the first male gorilla of the institution.
Ah … Indigo, who is part of Henry Cavill’s gorilla family, also enjoyed the presents.
It is worth remembering that the Go Wild FOr Durrell day is coming, it will happen on February 23rd.
Registration for this year’s Durrell Challenge is open! The event, which will feature the presence of Henry Cavill again, will take place on 13 May. In addition to the 13k race, the event will also bring family-friendly attractions such as the Superhero Safari & Really Wild Day.
Go to doitfordurrell.com
The week in the Royal Marines‘ networks began with an extraordinary life story. On June 2, former Royal Marines and Falklands veteran Steve Parks, 57, will become the first visually impaired to climb the Pacific Ocean as he takes part in The Great Pacific Race. In the 2,400-mile adventure, he will climb from Monterey (California) to Honolulu (Hawaii), competing with teams from around the world, facing varying weather conditions over 50-90 days.
Steve’s blindness is due to a rare form of macular degeneration known as Stargatz, which was caused in 1984 when the Royal Marine was participating in a selection for the Special Service of Special Boats of the Marines and suffered a diving accident that would eventually cause the loss of your vision.
At that time there was still not much help for the injured veterans, as it exists today thanks to the Royal Marines Charity. Only ten years after his accident, he was found by Blind Veterans UK, receiving all the help and training.
With Steve will be Mick Dawson, who entered the record book in 2009, the year-long side of Chris Martin, when they became the first people to complete a 7,000-mile journey from Japan to San Francisco, being the only ones to successfully complete such a route.
Steve and Mick are together on this mission to raise funds for Royal Marines Charity and Blind Veterans UK.
All information on the adventure can be found on the Royal Marines Charity website. We wish all luck to Steve and Mick.
Day 21 the British flag reached the top of the Roof of the Americas, for the second time.
65DN, Ruch and Brendam members fought for 10 hours under snow, horrific conditions and emotionally affected by leaving Jason, Al and Danny behind but determined to give them all they had left.
As we said, the flag reached the top for the second time. The first time was on December 31, 199, when Simon Brooke and three friends climbed this gigantic mountain to celebrate the coming of the millennium. Just as Jason, Danny and Al came together, two team members also suffered from altitude and did not follow up with the team.
Tragically, 3 years later, at the age of 29, Simon died in a car accident. Then his parents, Mike and Pippa and his brother James, asked 65 Degrees North to bring the same flag as a tribute to Simon. To read the rest of the story go to the 65DN website.
Through our Charity Updates we are also following another great adventure, that of the former Royal Marine Glen Steyen.
In his instagram, Glenn posted a photo with his partner crossing, ready for the journey of 2200km.
Throughout his expedition, Steyn will raise funds for the Royal Marines Charity and Veterans Wildlife. Follow it all through Facebook facebook.com/ExpedOrange.
Registration for Commando Challenge 2018 is open! It will be two days of challenge in October, where the participant can choose to participate in the 5K or 10K route. To subscribe and to know all the details, just access: www.commandochallenge.co.uk/signup
The cause is charitable to the Royal Marines Charity and Devon Air Ambulance and happens annually in Devon. Henry Cavill took part in the mud-filled adventure in 2016.
Another Charity Updates comes to an end, but keep following the Henry Cavill Portal to learn all about the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Royal Marines Charity. Until next week!