The Willie in question is Willie Richards, avid runner, advocate for healthy living and a man who lives by his motto: If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Since 2007 Willie has been participating in long distance duathlons and triathlons for charitable causes, each time pushing himself further.
In October 2017, Willie will be attempting his most remarkable duathlon yet, running and cycling over 1700km from Blouberg Namibia to Blouberg Cape Town, raising money to complete phases 2 & 3 of Project Mending Mamre.
What makes Willies feat even tougher is that he spends most of his working days on a Field Support Vessel off the Angolan coast, so even his daily training routine for #whereswillie is unique.
African Tails is a Non Profit Animal Welfare organization, focusing on mass sterilization of animals in rural and disadvantaged areas. In March 2017 they launched their latest sterilization campaign in the tiny agricultural town, Mamre.
Uncontrolled breeding and unwanted litters is only the symptomatic result. To make a sterilization campaign successful one needs to go to the root of the problem. For this reason African Tails partnered with FOUR PAWS South Africa, who launched an educational campaign in Mamre, not only for children, but for adults as well. This campaign includes basic good horsemanship, animal husbandry and sowing the seed of compassion. Teaching children to have empathy for living creatures, not only betters the lives of the animals they encounter, but it also builds and strengthens a community for years to come. African Tails also tries to improve the living conditions of animals not only by education but also by empowering communities through the distribution of kennels, foods and medical care for animals where needed.
In phase 1 of project Mending Mamre, 388 animals were sterilized, 1200 people reached through education, 200 kennels distributed and many animals medically treated or placed up for adoption. With an estimated pet population of 4000 animals, it is evident that African Tails will be active in Mamre for quite some time, as the goal is to sterilize at least 70% of Mamre’s breeding pet population.
The community of Mamre will reap the benefits from this campaign for many years to come. For this reason Willie decided that he wanted to get involved.
To donate visit www.givengain.com/cc/whereswillie