I’m very excited to announce that I’m a new Patron for the renowned conservation organisation Tusk. To mark the new role, I’ll be a guest judge for the Tusk and Avios ‘Do More for Africa’ competition!
I decided I wanted to get involved in conservation while on tour in South Africa, where I was invited to a game reserve which held a secret orphanage for young rhino who had witnessed their mothers being brutally attacked and killed by poachers. Many of these calves were struggling with post-traumatic stress, running into walls and crying for their mothers. It was absolutely heart breaking and even though I had travelled extensively and considered myself an engaged citizen of the world, until then, I had only been peripherally aware of the crisis facing these beautiful prehistoric creatures. There were people there, from all over the world, who had given their vacation time, to help protect these vulnerable and damaged youngsters. It’s what inspired me to get involved with Tusk and now it’s my turn to inspire others through the Avios and Tusk ‘Do More for Africa’ competition.
The volunteering competition offers three people a life-changing experience supporting positive change in Africa. There’re three Tusk-supported projects to be won – The NakavangoConservation Programme, The Vulture Conservation Project and the Mokolodi Education Centre and Nature Reserve. The winners will learn about conservation, wildlife protection, environmental awareness and community education programmes. They’ll also receive return flights to Johannesburg provided by Avios, two nights in five star hotel accommodation provided by Mantis Collection, a GoPro to capture their experience and an invitation to attend the 2018 Tusk Conservation Awards in London!
On the competition judging panel I’ll be sitting alongside Charlie Mayhew (Chief Executive of Tusk), Lisa Harris (Customer Director of Avios) and Paul Gardiner (Group Marketing Director of Mantis Collection). We want to see entries that show your personality. Whether you’re bright and bubbly with a zest for life and want to travel the world, or conservative and thoughtful with a passion for conservation, we want to hear from you.
The competition’s now open! Head to www.avios.com/forafrica where you can upload a video or paragraph with images to enter and have the chance to win this fantastic prize. Entries close Monday 24th July. Good luck!