Follow Marnus and his team as they strive to protect the lions
For the past few years, Walking for Lions has conducted campaigns in the form of fundraisers, which help to raise global awareness about the dangers lions face, as well as raising money to help combat some of these dangers.
In 2013, the team completed 530km on foot, travelling from Namibia to Botswana, determined to make people aware of what is happening to the last of the wild lions in Africa. It took several days for the team of complete the task, and thousands of people were reached through social netoworks, televsion and radio. By completing such a feat, Walking for Lions were able to spread greater awareness about the dangers lions face and subsequently raise donations, which help to overcome the problems the lions face.
In 2014, the team at Walking for Lions cycled 3.800 km from Ghanzi, Botswana to Nairobi, Kenya, taking around 2 months to complete. As very few people around the world are aware that African lions are on the verge of being classified endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the team aspired to spread such information to as many people globally as possible.
Various biologist and scientists estimate lion extinction to occur in the next 10 to 15 years, and thus these campaigns allow the team to reach out to as many local and international people as possible, educating as well as raising funds for future projects, which include the Lights Up Botwswana project (as discussed last week) and education in African schools. By making more everyone more aware of the threats and struggles the lions face, it will be one step closer to ensure their survival.
Presently, for 2015 the team have planned to walk 250 km along the Tankwa Camino to help raise awareness (and hopefully funds) for Walking for Lions.
Supporting the organisation not only provides funds that enable the team to accomplish such fundraisers, but also provides them with the ability to spread further awareness and educate others, as well as accomplishing ongoing projects.
Sadly due to circumstances beyond his control Marnus had to withdraw for a season.