London Marathon and Everest Marathon. What could possibly go wrong...
Paul Goldstein has raised over £200,000 with his Worth More Alive campaign for the protection of Bengal tigers and by the end of May 2020 wants to raise another £100,000.
Traditional medicine is the largest immediate threat to the remaining Bengal tiger population as end users continue to employ tiger parts for unproven medical remedies. Dead, its bodily parts harvested, a tiger is worth $30,000 to a few despicable dealers. Alive, with all ancillary benefits, a tiger can be worth up to $50 million. It is estimated that only 3,000 Bengal tigers are left in existence, a small rise, but these animals are still desperately threatened.
2020 marks 10 years since Paul first ran the London Marathon in his - now legendary - tiger suit to raise money for these vulnerable animals. He and his suit have since run 15 more marathons, and conquered Kilimanjaro too, raising $200,000 in the process. This money has built a new school, bought ambulances, patrol vehicles, drilled bore holes and funded facilities for many outlying villages. In April 2020, Paul, the tiger suit, and colleague, Jim Eite, will be participating in the London Marathon once again, closely followed by Everest basecamp trek. Then, on the 29th May they will take on the daunting Everest marathon.
Please support this brave effort by sponsoring Paul and Jim and helping them towards their ambitious target (... or you can even join them in Nepal!) And, thanks to a generous supporter, any donation of £50 or over will be doubled!
Where your donations will go:
Your donations will go towards the rebuilding and equipping of two schools in Bandhavgarh, on the boundaries of the National Park famous for its tiger population, a park Paul has been guiding in for 21 years. By providing 1,000 local children with an education effectively underwritten by conservation, this initiative will help highlight to the surrounding communities the benefits of their striped neighbours and contribute to the protection of tigers from poachers. As Paul says, "Unless local people - including school children - are feeling this benefit, why should they bother protecting them?"
A final word from Paul... "This really matters to me. In June 2020 I will say goodbye (honestly) to the suit for the last time, with probably a few tears shed and pounds lost but plenty of £'s gained. It has been a sometimes grueling pilgrimage, but also enormously fulfilling, mainly due to the incredible support and generosity of people who understand that these majestic and beautiful predators are... Worth More Alive!"