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#Vets4Vultures beats online fundraising target

by Ellen Hardy
09 February 2018, at 1:31pm

An online fundraising campaign run by charity Wildlife Vets International to support bird of prey conservation projects in Bulgaria, India and South Africa has exceeded its target. Its Raptor Rehabilitation Campaign, which used the hashtag #Vets4Vultures, was a nominated project for The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge, between 28th November and 5th December. WVI was tasked to raise £3,000 in online donations. If it succeeded, this amount would then be doubled by match funding from The Big Give’s funders, including Virbac UK, Vetronic Services Ltd, Kirkleatham Owl Centre and The Reed Foundation. To date the charity has raised £6,616, including the full £3,000 of match funding. It has thanked the veterinary profession for backing its efforts to conserve vultures and other birds of prey, whose numbers are declining rapidly in many parts of the world.

Olivia Walter, WVI executive director, said, “We need to raise a total of £18,000 to fully deliver on our Raptor Rehabilitation Programme so we would still be very grateful for donations and for colleagues to share our social media posts to help us reach more potential donors. Vulture numbers are plummeting in many parts of the world and our efforts could significantly increase their chance of survival in some countries.

“In the meantime, on behalf of WVI, I’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has helped us by offering match funding to #Vets4Vultures, donating or raising awareness of our work.” 

Donations can be made at: http://bit.ly/2yurJ5H