Rounds For Wildlife
I am going to be doing 51 rounds of Muay Thai on September 6th to raise money. You are welcome to donate per round that I complete or just nominate a amount. This campaign will not end here as I will continue to try and raise funds for what I believe is a great cause.
Marcus and I got through the 3 hours of hitting pads and sparring relatively unscathed. We were a little sore and tired for the next couple of days but we would do it all over again.
I obviously wanted to raise as much as possible and I had set a goal of $10,000 as that is what it takes to look after an elephant for a year or to persuade an owner to part with their elephant.
So this is not the end.
I plan to travel to the two parks at the end of October and hand over the money to the appropriate people so between now and then please, if you haven't donated please click on the link.
To those of you that have, I cant thank you enough!
It took us 3 hours to complete and both Marcus and I were definitely feeling it by the end.
We may have finished this challenge but our mission to raise money for the abused wildlife of Thailand will continue.
We want to raise enough money to re home at least one elephant into one of Thailand's sanctuaries and that will mean raising at least $10,000.
Thank you to those of you that have donated and to those of you that are yet to donate, please help us make even the tiniest difference and click on the GofundMe link.
Ive been resting up today, even though I did contemplate a little 6km run this morning just to keep the legs moving.
Getting my gear and nutrition ready so that I make it through relatively unscathed.
Poor old Marcus has to work tonight so he is going to be a little tired but hey, all he has to do is stand there and hold the pads!!!! Haha, dont tell him I said that because the last 10 rounds we are sparring and he loves an inside leg kick!
Thank you to all of those fantastic people that have donated so far and to all of you I know are just waiting for me to complete the event before you donate, please remember even $5 will make a difference.
All we want to do is raise some money to help with plight of The Asian Elephant
Asian elephants are an endangered species. Experts believe there are now less than 2000 wild elephants living in Thailand. The population is declining at a rapid rate due to loss of habitat.
Illegal capture and trade for use in the tourism industry is also a big problem.
This industry thrives because foreign visitors all want to ride elephants, or watch them do tricks, paying good money for the privilege.
But the fact is that wild elephants need to be tamed before they can be ridden. Except the taming process in Southeast Asia is not the same as with a wild horse. It’s much more brutal, and is accomplished when the elephants are very young.
Wild elephants won’t let humans ride on top of them. So in order to tame a wild elephant, it is tortured as a baby to completely break its spirit. The process is called Phajaan, or “the crush”.
It involves ripping baby elephants away from their mothers and confining them in a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground where they’re unable to move.
The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days.
Elephant mistreatment doesn’t stop after they’ve been tamed. Many elephant camps continue to employ bull-hooks to control the animals. While they may not be stabbing them constantly like they did in training, it’s the fear of being stabbed that’s used to motivate them to work.
Elephants never forget.
If an elephant camp in Southeast Asia is claiming to be “responsible” with it’s animals, you should still be skeptical. Remember the process used to train them is often the same, even if they’re treated with kindness now. And usually there is no way to be sure.
Did you know that riding elephants can actually cause serious long-term harm too? Their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. I know it’s hard to believe given their size.