UK: Staff at West Midland Safari Park are about to off load a stash of cash, which they have generated after holding a variety of fundraising events and activities this season.
They have organized fun runs to quirky quizzes; animal awareness antics and supported coast to coast events in curious costumes – you name it staff at West Midland Safari Park have tried it – all in the name of charity. They have been successful too, in their efforts to extract cash from each other, their friends and family, as well as from the guests that have visited the attraction this year, generating a stash of £8,609.06.
Whilst raising cash for charity was the ultimate reason for their string of often-bizarre activities, having fun was also high on their agenda. Staff work hard at West Midland Safari Park, especially during late night opening. They like to play hard as well – which is why much of the preparation and many of the events took place outside of the working day – in their own free time.
Katie McDonald, the Park’s Research and Conservation Officer, said, ”This year, each of our animal departments were tasked with choosing a charity which was to be the focus of one of the charity weeks that we had organized. The programme of fundraising started in March and as the whole theme for 2014 was ‘Love’ we started with our Love Oceans Week. It was the Marine Conservation Society to benefit on this occasion. Other charity weeks generated funds for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, African Lion Environment and Research Trust and Tusk Trust. Whilst it is always immensely enjoyable for the staff, it is important to highlight vital conservation projects to our visitors, too”.
Katie continued, “Support for The Namibian Wildlife Conservation Trust is our biggest contribution to conservation and ‘in the field’ research. The Charity assists research projects, which aid the conservation of Namibian wildlife including funding the Ongava Research Centre. It’s a team effort to collect donations for NWCT from visitors after all sea lion shows, as well as holding annual staff events such as a fun run and quiz nights when everyone gets involved in one way or another, with all proceeds going to the Trust”.
This isn’t quite the end of the exploits. No doubt the staff Christmas Party planned for December will generate even more funds and will set the scene for a New Year of further adventures with a sole aim of raising cash for good causes.
The drive-through safari, Discovery Trail and African Village is now open every weekend in winter until Sunday, 8th February 2015 and daily from 26th November to 24th December. The Park and theme park rides open daily from Saturday, 14th February 2015.