Bandages and spectacle donations helping South Lakes Wildlife Park project in Niger

Bandages and spectacle donations helping South Lakes Wildlife Park project in Niger

21st of August, 2019

On Wednesday 14Th November 2012, John Watson (Centrica) and Samantha Ward (South Lakes Wild Animal Park) gave a presentation about the ongoing collection of bandages and spectacles to a social gathering of the Cumbria British Red Cross. John talked about the origins of the collection which started with Centrica colleagues in Windsor who whilst on holiday had visited the Animal Care in Egypt (ACE) organisation and subsequently asked around the wider Centrica business for any unwanted, unused bandages. After the request overwhelmed the logistics of helping ACE, the Centrica Irish Sea businesses looked locally to find an alternative group to support. South Lakes Wild Animal Park (SLWAP) in Dalton in Furness, Cumbria proved to be an ideal solution. Samantha described how the donated items plus other critical support arranged by SLWAP in conjunction with their own conservation charities; deliver materials, education and medical support to rural communities in Niger, in exchange for the villagers protecting the now very rare giraffes and their habitats. The British Red Cross continue to provide huge amounts of out-of-code bandages which would have otherwise been thrown away. The Red Cross audience were fascinated by the very practical and positive impact that good waste management is having. They saw many similarities to the approach their own organisation has, in engaging at a local level to deliver tangible success. A large number of FWC members continue to donate materials which when added together are making a very real difference to communities not as fortunate as our own.

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