Rounds For Wildlife

$1,898 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 33 months
The native wildlife of Thailand are being exploited and mistreated in the tourist hot spots for monetary gain. Tourists are unknowingly contributing to this cruel exploitation buy paying for pictures and rides on these beautiful creatures that deserve to be left in the wild. Elephants are being taken from their families as babies and beaten into submission. Tigers are continually sedated and kept in confined spaces so tourists can get a holiday happy snap. I want to raise money to build the awareness of this dark aside of Thailand and help re-home these animals into wildlife conservation parks around Thailand. Every dollar counts and helps protect these now endangered animals. I'm an Australian business man with a love for Thailand and the art of Muay Thai. There are so many great things about this country however they have a serious issue with their attitude towards animals. Through educating Australian tourists I hope to make a dent in the animal exploitation in Thailand.
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.
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So the outcome of the 51 rounds of Muay Thai was $2,348 raised to send to Thailand to assist with the rescue and care of the elephants.

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!

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51 Rounds of Muay Thai Pad Work and Sparring completed today.

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.
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So its nearly time.

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.
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3 Days to go until the fund raiser event.

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.

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$1,898 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 33 months
Created August 16, 2016
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$100
Suzie Posa
32 months ago

Thankyou Gary for making a difference :)

SA
$150
sharon allen
32 months ago
EH
$51
Elyse Hickey
33 months ago
GW
$100
Gordon Watson
33 months ago
KM
$50
Karen Mathers
33 months ago

You are doing a wonderful thing Gary raising funds and awareness to free these beautiful animals. They should not be treated with such brutality and cruelty. Thank you for caring.

CH
$100
Chris Hall
33 months ago
KD
$50
Kerri Davidson
33 months ago
$50
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33 months ago
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$51
Tracey Fidler
33 months ago
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$100
Angela Tyler
33 months ago

Good luck tomorrow. Your doing such a wonderful thing for those poor elephants.

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