Medivet staff in Merseyside and Shropshire, plus their friends and family, put on their walking boots on Sunday 15th May to carry a life-size foam rhino up the largest mountain in England and Wales – Mount Snowdon!
The team of 25 adventure seekers (plus two of their four-legged friends!) climbed the mountain via the Llanberis Path in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign.
Medivet Orrell Park’s practice partner and veterinary surgeon, Andrew McVey, organised the climb after seeing a presentation given by Dr William Fowlds – the Wilderness Foundation Medivet Project Co-ordinator and once an employed member of the Medivet family – about rhino poaching at one of Medivet’s rhino launch events.
Andrew McVey (right) and his father, Bryan McVey (left) at the summit.
The round-trip was completed within five and a half hours and the day proved to be a huge success – over £1,000 was raised before and during the trek!
Andrew said: “The atmosphere throughout the day was amazing. We had a great day and we gained lots of exposure for the rhino in South Africa.
“Members of the public also climbing Mount Snowdon were keen to find out why we were climbing with a huge foam rhino, and this gave us the perfect opportunity to talk to them about our campaign.”
Adventure seekers reached the summit in three hours.
Rachel West, Medivet area manager of Merseyside and the West Midlands, also joined in on the climb and described the day as emotional.
She said: “There were certainly moments where I personally struggled on the steep parts of the mountain, but remembering why we were all there drove us all to the summit.
“When we assembled the rhino on the summit, it was a huge emotional wave of achievement and I know we all felt it.”
The whole experience was not only a great team-building effort but also a wonderful way to raise awareness about the rhino crisis.
Medivet launched their Saving the Rhino campaign with Dr William Fowlds and the Wilderness Foundation in May 2015 and they have raised over £150,000 so far through puppy parties, fundraising events, and Pennies, the digital charity box.
Andrew has inspired his colleagues and set a challenge for other Medivet regions to come up with novel ways of raising funds and awareness, and we look forward to seeing more results.
Unfortunately the rhino poaching crisis is far from solved, and we need help funding key projects that will help save the rhino in South Africa.
Please help us protect these beautiful mammals from becoming extinct by donating a few pennies here: www.medivet.co.uk/news/medivet-rhino/donate-now/
Posted May 17, 2016 in Press