Walk for Freedom

Brad Frankel

Jul 5, 2016 | News, Thailand, Travel

Everyday People helping Everyday Elephants

Walk For Freedom

Written by Kerri McCrea and Gemma Annan

We’re lucky to be able to work with such incredible people and fully support the work that Kerri and Gemma are doing – please donate if you can or if you’d like to get involved please get in touch.

On 1 st May Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary team set off on our walk for freedom to walk 3 of our 4 elephant’s home (Too Meh, Gen Thong & Boon Rott). We bought them to the newly established sanctuary where they were reunited with their daughter/auntie Mae Doom. We set off early in the morning at sunrise & didn’t stop until near sunset. The hike for us humans was very difficult & intense but our elephants were very relaxed & happy to be able to spend some time in their natural habitat. Watching our elephants come back to nature defiantly took the edge off our blisters and weak muscles.

The journey continued for 2 more days, again waking up early & hiking through the mountainous forest, spending our nights braving thunder storms, sleeping in broken huts and on the forest floor. The fact that we were doing this all for our elephant’s freedom kept us going right to the end. We turned the challenging walk into a fundraising event to help cover our remaining set-up costs & keep our elephants in our sanctuary long term. We do not buy our elephants as this usually contributes to illegal trade, but we rent them from our Co-Founder’s family to provide an alternative livelihood that benefits all – hence the need to raise the funds. This fundraiser alone raised an amazing £3820/$5,604. We were grateful to have support from all corners of the globe, and raised a further £2,000; here is some of the support we have received –

On 1st May, one of our supporters Brittany organised a Walk For Freedom in New Mexico by using her university campus & getting people to walk up to 44 miles at the university stadium. She raised $60 and a lot of awareness for our cause.
On May 2nd , Carol & Joanne McCrea arranged a Walk For Freedom in Londonderry, Northern Ireland by walking the “Two Bridges”; they had a great turn out & raised an unbelievable £1000.
On 6th May, Artigarvan Primary School had a non-uniform day in our honour & raised £150.
On May 28th , Gemma, Co founder of Thailand Elephants organised a Walk For Freedom to take place in North Devon, UK. 11 friends took part and endured a challenging 2 day 25 mile coastal walk from Ilfracombe to Braunton. Between the participants they raised £650+ (total TBC).
We are extremely grateful for all of the donations and hard work going into Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary but we solely rely on donations, visitors and volunteers to keep our elephants happy. If you are visiting Thailand or know someone that is, why not come and stay, you will be blown away by the magical stillness of these majestic animals and you will have the opportunity to get immersed into the Karen culture and live like a local; we can promise you, it truly is another world!

If you’d like to donate please do so here – https://www.generosity.com/animal-pet-fundraising/ks-elephant-sanctuary-s-walk-for-freedom

To find out more about KSES see here – www.kselephantsanctuary.org

To find out more about elephant tourism in Thailand see here – www.thailandelephants.org

If you need any help or advice with your trip please email me on brad@flooglebinder.co.uk

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