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Friends of Conservation
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Racing for Survival


Tuesday 2nd June 2009
FOC was delighted to welcome Dr Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), based in Namibia, when she visited the UK in June. At a talk hosted by FOC at Kensington Town Hall, Dr Marker spoke passionately about CCF's efforts to reverse the decline of the wild cheetah - the world's fastest land mammal and Africa's most endangered big cat.

Our compere for the evening was Simon Cowell, MBE. As the founder of UK charity `Wildlife Aid' and the presenter of one of TV's longest running animal programmes - `Wildlife SOS' - Simon provided a real insight into the world of animal rescues and the challenges faced in conservation today - and we very much appreciate his involvement.
'Dr. Laurie Marker' © Suzi Ezsterhas

Private View - Annabel Pope & Philip Lawson Johnston


Wednesday 20th May 2009
Patrick Mavros' flagship store in Chelsea provided the magnificent setting for a stunning Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Engraved Glass by internationally recognized glass engraver Philip Lawson Johnston and wildlife artist Annabel Pope in May. FOC were thrilled to be able to hold a Private View of the works on Wednesday 20th and we'd like to thank everyone who came along!
Leopard Portrait by Annabel Pope

Cheetah Bowl by Philip Lawson Johnston

Wild Art 2008


Wednesday 17th December 2008
We were delighted to host a Private View of "Wild Art 2008" at The Gallery in Cork Street, London. The exhibition featured stunning bronze sculptures of British and African wildlife by Jan Sweeney, and some amazing prints and original paintings by David Shepherd CBE, his daughter Mandy and his granddaughter Emily. Thanks to everyone who came along!
'Bachelors Away' © Jan Sweeney

An Evening with the Mara's Big Cats


Monday 12 November 2007
The Great Hall at Imperial College provided a wonderful setting for an evening talk filled with stunning images by wildlife photographers and authors Jonathan & Angie Scott & Paul Goldstein, featuring, arguably one of the world's seven natural wonders, the Masai Mara in Kenya. Jonathan & Paul shared some great anecdotes about the lives of the magnificent 'Big Cats' and other wildlife and of course the Maasai people all of whom call the 'Mara home. Thanks to Jonathan, Angie and Paul this was an evening of amazing photographs and stories to remember. Friends of Conservation would like to thank everyone who attended for their tremendous support. We are also extremely grateful to Simon Calder for his warm and witty introduction of our speakers and of course to our very generous sponsors and supporters: Canon, Exodus and Kenya Airways. The evening was a great success with over £12,000 being raised. All monies will go towards projects in the Greater Mara region.
Jonathan and Angie Scott

Paul Goldstein

Dr Laurie Marker CCF Tour 2006

Laurie's UK tour in May was a great success and FOC was delighted to raise much needed funds to support CCF's important work.    

Jan Coutts' paintings were are fantastic backdrop in London for everyone to hear about Laurie's work to save the wild cheetah from extinction.

Cheetah

"Extreme Explorers" at the RGS 2005

Friends of Conservation was delighted with the success of our "Extreme Explorers" lecture at the RGS in December. Intrepid adventurer and supporter of FOC, Benedict Allen, and "Ice Warrior" Jim McNeill described their extraordinary experiences and personal achievements in some of the world's most remote areas and considered the conservation challenges emerging from the impact of travel and exploration on our fragile planet. Arctic

Hydro Active women's challenge 2005

Two of our volunteers joined the 22,000 women taking part in the Hydro Active Women's Challenge 5km running event in London in September.  Madeleine and Tara were pleased to raise over £1,200 for FOC!

If you would like to run in support of FOC next year please contact the FOC London office.

Hydro Active Women's Challenge

CCF Tour May 2005

Laurie's tour in May was a great success and saw Laurie touring the country to raise awareness and funds to save the wild cheetah.  Laurie will be returning to the UK next year between 12-22 May 2006 - watch this space for further details!


UK Rhino Group Mayday 2005

This year's UK Rhino Group's annual "Rhino Mayday" took place in May.  This annual symposium and fundraising event brought rhino conservation experts together to discuss the threats, new challenges and possibilities for rhino protection.

Details of the day's talks and discussions can be found on the UK Rhino Group website at www.rhinogroup.org.uk.


London Marathon 2005

Congratulations and many thanks to our marathon runners who all finished the London Marathon in April.  Stuart Whittington, Fiona Seton, Andrew Appleyard, Tess Sullivan, James Wheeler and Carly Smith raised over £7,500 to support FOC's projects.  Their hard work and dedication is much appreciated.  If you would like to support us by running in the London Marathon, we have a number of guaranteed spaces for next year.  Please contact the FOC office for further information. 


Active Holiday Show 2005

The Active Holiday Show in April 2005 was a great success with interesting talks from experts and many informative displays.  FOC was delighted to be supported by Exodus, Connoisseur, Wunderlust, Waymark, First Choice Snowsports, Flexiski, Trek America, the Adventure Company and Sunsail.


The Cheetah's Fight for Survival 2004

Jonathan and Angie Scott filled the Royal Geographical Society to capacity (again!) in November last year.  The talk focused on their work with cheetahs in the Mara and the future of the cheetah in Africa.  The event raised some much needed funds for a vehicle to support the Narok County Council's anti-harassment/poaching efforts in the Mara.


UK Rhino Mayday 2004

Last year’s UK Rhino Group Rhino Mayday, held at the Zoological Society of London. We were lucky enough to have a number of speakers travel from across the World to update those present on the rhino conservation. Speakers included Kes Hillman-Smith who gave an impassioned plea to save the few remaining Northern White Rhino in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo and Edmond Bradley Martin who spoke about poaching of rhino in Nepal. 

Details of the day’s talks and discussions can be found on the UK Rhino Group Website at www.rhinogroup.co.uk.


A Week to Save a Cheetah 2004

A successful awareness raising week took place for the CCF between the 21st and 28th May 2004. Various events planned had Laurie Marker traveling between Oxford (to collect her Doctorate from the University), London and Guildford giving evening lectures and lunchtime speeches to raise awareness to as many people as possible to the critical situation cheetahs are facing today. 


Flora Light 5k Run for Women 2004

The Flora Light seems to be a notoriously difficult race to get into. Last year though, we had a runner, Emma Elliot who completed the run and raised £500 for FOC. We would like to thank Emma and hope to see more runners next year!


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