On 22nd - 23rd June, a group of seven vets and nurses from our practice will be taking part in a two day ‘romp’ of 53.6 miles called Race to the King. That’s more than two marathons! Our resting place in between our two marathons will be a tent overnight in a field.
We’ve chosen to take on this challenge in support of Worldwide Veterinary Service; as veterinary professionals we are very aware that education is the key to improving animal welfare across the globe and we fully support the WVS in this endeavour.
The main projects WVS run, as well as other aspects of the charity and their sister charity Mission Rabies are also key to improving the health and welfare of animals in other countries. Since 2003, WVS has carried out some amazing work, treating an astonishing 65,687 animals last year alone, and we’re proud to be able to support them and this is why they are our chosen charity for Race to the King.
Our Head Vet/Practice Owner volunteered with WVS in Malawi in 2018 and witnessed first-hand the incredible work they do. Not only was he able to take part in their neutering program but he was also given the chance to mingle with the local people, leaving him with memories that he will treasure forever.
Our team don’t live close to each other and so we’re training separately. Our fitness levels range from a regular on the marathon circuit, to dog walkers and walk to the pub-ers! We aim to meet up at least once before the 22 June to simulate one day of the event and see how we get on!
We hope to raise as much money as we possibly can to help such a worthy cause. We will inevitably be brought closer together as a team over the two days, through the laughter and, most probably, shedding tears over blistered and aching feet! We are all however looking forward to improving our fitness levels. Adrian, one of our vets, has said “I’m really looking forward to spending some time together outside of the work environment and having a whole different type of stress put on us!”
We would advise anyone thinking of raising money for charity to really put yourself out there. No one will know that you are raising money unless you tell them! Also, as so much of today’s world happens online, a JustGiving page has been really helpful for us, allowing everyone to support us easily and share our progress.
We are yet to complete our challenge but we’re chomping at the bit and raring to go. Please wish us luck and if you’d like to support us please visit our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/companioncarebasingstoke. Thank you!