The Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) is a UK based charity which works to promote the welfare of animals on a global scale, as well as providing disaster emergency response. By collating veterinary resources and funds and helping with training and education of vets, they are able to provide a sustainable resource for deprived areas. They help to support over 800 smaller worldwide charities dealing with domesticated, feral and wild animals. In an average year around 150,000 animals are treated, 100 teams are deployed, 850 aid parcels are sent, 500 vets are trained and 250 charities are supported.

In order to help the WVS to continue their great work Shona Winn and Tanya Keane (Veterinary Surgeon and Veterinary Nurse at Two Rivers Vets in Scotland) are taking part in the Zambezi Canoe Challenge from September 2nd – 10th 2017! This involves four days of canoeing, 12-24km per day, down the Zambezi – Africa’s fourth largest river, travelling across central Africa to the Indian Ocean and providing the largest waterfall in the world: the Victoria Falls. The final day is then spent at the Lusaka Elephant Orphanage where young elephants are brought for care before rehabilitation and eventual release back to the wild.

All money raised will go to these amazing causes, helping the elephants of Lusaka and helping animals worldwide through the WVS, so please give anything you can. We will also be running regular fundraising events where you can receive something back for your donation.  To this end we are selling wildlife calendars on https://www.furrygerbil.org.uk/shop/

If you don’t want a calendar but still want to donate you can do through JustGiving, it is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tanya-shona-to-africa 

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