For: Conservation Zambezi, Black Mambas, David Sheldrick WT, IAPF
Organizer: Patricia Welty
HIKE TO END ELEPHANT POACHING (Conservation Zambezi, Black Mambas, David Sheldrick WT, IAPF)
of $3,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 76 donors

The Story

I'm Patricia and I'm an activist who is concerned about our environment, habitat destruction, factory farming, and wildlife.  Two years ago I started a nonprofit called A Vegan Life, Inc. to give voice to the suffering of farmed animals.  I became vegan in 2004 and did it for the animals but since then I've learned about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and also how eating a vegan diet prevents habitat loss and benefits wildlife.

This year I decided to do something about the crisis facing African elephants by creating a campaign to raise money for nonprofits working to protect elephants as I hike the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail.  I will start next month and will reach Maine in October.  I am funding the hike myself so 100% of any donation will go directly to help elephants and stop poachers.

Worldwide, people are becoming aware of the catastrophic situation facing elephants and are looking for ways to help. One hundred African elephants are brutally killed every day just because their tusks are so valuable on the black market.  If we don't stop this senseless slaughter elephants will be extinct within a decade.  

If you agree that we need to act now before it is too late please make a donation to my campaign.  All money raised -- 100% -- will go to preventing the killing of hundreds of magnificent, intelligent elephants by strengthening anti-poaching deployments and ranger training, enforcing laws to apprehend poachers and deter future poachers and mobilizing local communities with environmental and wildlife education.    

All money raised will go to Conservation Lower Zambeziand African Wildlife Foundation.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 16, 2016

Posted on November 16, 2016

I want to thank everyone who contributed to this campaign.  It is my hope we can end poaching in Africa before it is too late.  We raised $3,000 and this is how the money was allocated:  $1,000 to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust located in Kenya, $1,000 to Black Mambas located in South Africa, $500 to Conservation Lower Zambezi, and $500 to the International Anti Poaching Foundation working in southern Africa.  Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.  The hike was very challenging but worth it!

Posted on September 29, 2016

Posted on September 29, 2016

Solidarity on the trail

To quote Wind Walker, a hiker-friend, "it's like we are a tribe".

We help each other, keep track of who is where on the trail and share info, gear, and more. 

As as my friend and hiking partner from PA - NH said "it (solidarity) shows it is possible (in our world)". 

The sense of community exists among hikers, trail Angels, hostels and others using the trails. 

Posted on September 27, 2016

Posted on September 27, 2016

The Whites in New Hampshire

Beautiful, difficult, and unpredictable. 

I has had the full Mt. Washington experience. When I climbed to over 6,000' last Thursday it was a sunny day with a spectacular sunset. That changed during the night with wind speeds of 70 miles an hour, rain, and no visibility. 

The Lake of Clouds Hut closed earlier in the week but the emergency shelter was open. At one point we had 11 people in a small space escaping the weather. 

Early im the afternoon on Friday 5 of us made the decision to take the steep and rocky trail down to Pinkham Notch and not try to summit.

The he climbs up and descents down the Kingman's and Carter were tough but the the scariest thing for me was being I the Alpine Zone on Mt. Hight with winds of 70 miles an hour trying to find the trail. Luckily another hiker found it and held my hand after I was blown sidewise. 

I have since learned the winds on Mt. Washington topped 231 mph and broke a world's record. 

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