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The Dogs Dinner was successful

Our sincere thanks to all of our guests for taking the time to join us on the 7th of November for our 5th Annual Botswana Predator Conservation Fundraising Event. As of today, we made around £30,000 net!

Being one of the longest running conservation research projects in Africa, and one of only a handful of its caliber worldwide, we are hugely proud and grateful for the support of such great benefactors, who help us continue this really important work.

We would also like to thank those individuals and companies who made this event possible, who are too many to mention, but particularly Teresa Graham and the artists Bruce Little and Neil Taylor.

A small investment in BPCT is great way to make difference in an important part of the world and to contribute to conservation research that has significant global impact.

The Dogs Dinner - 5th Annual BPCT Dinner and Fundraising Auction

We are delighted to offer our guests an evening to highlight the work of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) in London at the Club at the Ivy in the Loft Bar on Wednesday, 7 November 2012.

For further information about the event please download the pdf-brochure and make sure you take a look at our auction articles here!

Also check out the facebook event-page!

 

C4C supports National Geographic kids "Run for the Planet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

annual camp june 2012 - photo essay 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUNDAY EVENT AT C4C EDUCATION CENTRE WITH KUBUNG PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MARCH 2012

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching for Conservation annual camp photo essay. ENJOY!!!

700 school children participated in the week-long event.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching for Conservation® Opens new Education Centre and Launches 8th Annual Camp 

Coaching for Conservation® (C4C), with Investec Asset Management, officially opened its new and permanent Conservation Education Centre and launched the 8th Annual C4C Camp on June 27, 2011.

The ½ day event began at the new Education Centre located on the eastern wall of Matshwane Primary School. Honourable guests include Frank Ramsden, Minister of Transportation and Communication and MP for Maun East, Falcon Sedimo, Director of Sports and Recreation and Monate Lechiile, Director of Regional Operations for the Ministry of Education.  

Mr. Ramsden and Lesley Boggs, Director of Coaching for Conservation cut an orange ribbon to officially open the centre. Guests were treated to demonstration of the C4C program by primary school children, a tour of the new facility and overview of current and future programs. The Education Centre has been funded largely by Tusk Trust and Total Petrol.

The ceremony then moved to the Maun Sports Complex for the opening of the 8th Annual C4C Camp generously sponsored for the second year by Investec Asset Management. Seven hundred students from 22 Maun Primary Schools participated in the weeklong camp at the Maun Sports Stadium. The program has already benefited more than 3,000 local youngsters since it started in 2004. This year alone we will reach 1,500 kids.

Coaching for Conservation® is the primary social development program of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, a globally recognized wildlife conservation research program. Last year, Prince William attended this event and voiced his support for C4C during a special exhibition of C4C in Maun. 

All C4C programs focus on our mission to Conserve Botswana’s natural resources by using sport to engender self respect and inspire a generation of kids who care. C4C has developed a unique “Learning from Wildlife” curriculum where students learn behaviours and lessons from wildlife by translating their behaviours into important football skills. The C4C Education Centre will be home to a permanent afterschool program for Standard 5 primary school children, with plans to add 1/2 day, full day, weekend and even holiday camps.
Coaching for Conservation’s® mission is to conserve Botswana’s natural resources and cultural heritage by using sport to engender self respect and inspire a generation of kids who care.

Coaching for Conservation’s® core values of “Respect Yourself, Respect each Other and Respect your Environment” are in keeping with Botswana’s Vision 2016. Through these values Botswana’s youth are becoming accomplished football players, better teammates, healthier individuals, and more responsible national and global citizens. C4C aims to engage youth in meaningful activities and empower them as future leaders in this country.

C4C Director Lesley Boggs stated, “Sustainable resource management by Botswana citizens can only stem from a fundamental shift in core values. Sport inherently creates a fun and receptive environment for learning and soccer is a great way of empowering children to adopt healthy core values”.

More than 30 professional soccer coaches, educators, facilitators and volunteers from around the world put on this now internationally acclaimed program. These coaches worked with kids and teachers to help them to develop their football skills, and practice behaviours which reflect the program’s core values.

 

 

 

 

FUNDRAISING AND COCKTAIL EVENT AT SOHO HOUSE BASEMENT IN LONDON A HUGE SUCCESS!

A great evening reception was held on 2nd November at the Soho House Basement in London. We hope those who attended enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you so much to all those (120 people) who joined us and braved the vagaries of the London tube system on strike day and hope you all got home safely.

Chris Jackson has posted a number of photographs from the evening on http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=en-GB&family=editorial&p=chris%20jackson%20&assetType=image#, so please take a look.

The main aim of the evening was raising awareness of BPCT and our work- but we were delighted to also have raised £4,000 from the event.

If you would like to make a further donation, please click on the Just Giving link www.justgiving.com/BPCT.

Specific Thank Yous go to:

Teresa and Stuart Graham for their continuous fabulous support of BPCT and tireless humour and patience; Charlie Mayhew and Tusk Trust for their continued support of BPCT and their work; Katy Wickremesinghe for being generally wonderful in helping Teresa organise the event; Dave Hamman for donating the Wild Dog in Mopane photograph; Adrian Bailey for donating the Wild Dog and Pups in the Mist limited edition prints; Wilderness Safaris, Dave Hamman and Helene Heldring for donating the wonderful Chitabe Safari; Jeremy Borg for providing the delicious Painted Wolf Wines. If you would like to know more about Painted Wolf Wines, please contact Jeremy@paintedwolfwines.com); Chris Jackson for being our wonderful house photographer and taking such amazing photos for us to display/auction; Getty Images for printing and framing the photographs on display; Granta and Portobello Books for donating lucky dip prizes; Dinny Hall Ltd for providing the prizes and generally allowing me to be a part-timer for the past few weeks! Last, but not least, Sarah Groves, Maggy Waters and Sarah Campbell-Dicker for being so helpful on the evening – without being asked!

Some of the guests who attended include:

Charlie Mayhew (CEO of Tusk Trust)
Dawn Parr (Botswana Tourist Board)
Doctor Arlo Brady (Head of Sustainability at Freud Communications)
Georges De Keerles (Director of Photography at Getty)
Kelly Pike (Granta Books Publishing)
Deborah Meadon(celebrity on the popular UK tv show “Dragons Den”) and Paul Farmer      Zafar Rushdie (son of Salman)
Noelle Reno (model) & Scot Young (entrepreneur)
Natasha Corrett (daughter of Kelly Hoppen designer)
Zoe Hardman (Presenter)

Sarah Hughes (Sky News Presenter)
Rose Gretton (Sky News Producer)

Other photos from the night can be found on the following links:

http://www.daylife.com/search?q=BPCT

http://www.daylife.com/topic/Prince_William

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/pA4VK6h_Lt8/Botswana+Predator+Conservation+Trust+Fundraising,

http://pictures.metro.co.uk/London/480397/Botswana-Predator-Conservation-Trust-Fundraising-Evening,

http://oneclick.indiatimes.com/topic/Prince_William;

http://soccernews.bigsoccer.com/topic/Prince_William;

http://apps.detnews.com/apps/multimedia/index.php?search=BPCT;

http://mlb.msg.com/photo/0b1Z2nNbRd8q2q=Botswana;

http://topics.dailycandy.com/topic/Prince-William;

http://themes.thestar.com/photo/0b1Z2nNbRd8q2?q=2010+World+Cup;

Next Year’s Dogs Dinner

We are already looking forward to this year's “Dogs Dinner”. So please watch this space…

COCKTAILS AND FUNDRAISING IN LONDON, NOV 02 2010

A special evening to highlight the work of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) at the House Basement, part of the Soho House Group on Tuesday 2nd November 2010.

Once again this years event was held in association with Tusk Trust, the UK based African wildlife conservation Trust, with 20 years experience of conserving wildlife, promoting education and supporting community development programmes across Africa. 

 

runners support BPCT and Lady Khama Charitbale Trust

Makgadikgadi Madness- Congratulations to the 5 Sua Pan runners who showed incredible heart in their charitable run. Instead of conceding defeat to the mud the 5 runners headed East off the Pans towards Dukwe.  The Pans remained unconquered but the group still achieved their goal of 105kms in 19 hours and raised 100k.  There is already talk of trying again, so stay tuned for updates.  Thanks to everyone who supported this great achievement. 


Makgadikgadi Madness - 24 hour ultra challenge

Is it possible to cross the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in 24 hours? A group of runners is set to tackle the 120 km trek to raise money for Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and the Lady Khama Charitable Trust.

On Saturday, September 11, 2010, five runners, including 2 of the President’s nephews, ran the distance close to Mosu village ending 24 hours later on the Nata - Maun road. They crossed one of the largest salt flats in the world, an isolated and fairly undisturbed area, bringing attention to the conservation issues in the area. Predator versus farmer issues are a familiar area of friction in Botswana as human pressure on Botswana’s national parks and conservation areas continues. Funds raised will assist in the search for solutions to decrease human/predator friction points, ultimately helping conserve Botswana’s famous predators.
  

Breaking News: Prince William's BPCT visit an enormous success

On Wednesday, June 16, 2010, Prince William, Lucas Radebe and Joe Jonas, along with local dignitaries and 300 supporters, gathered in Maun, Botswana to show their support for Coaching for Conservation and the work of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust.

Prince William participated in football and conservation exercises and saw first hand how C4C's "Learning from Animals" curriculum links football skills to animal behaviours and conservation. Children eagerly displayed their football flair to Lucas Radebe, who spent the day teaching football drills to the 250 participating primary school children. Joe Jonas fans cheered loudly when the international recording artist took the stage.

This event was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone for their help and their support. Below are videos and photographs taken at the event.

 

 

 

Prince William greets a young fan.Prince William and Lesley Boggs, C4C Director.

Joe Jonas and Prince Willilam meet.

Prince William chats with youngsters.Participants chant the 3Rs chant!

Lucas Radebe autographs t-shirts after the festivities. Joe Jonas, Lucas Radebe and others participate in a fun "celebrity" match.

 A child holds his school banner while proudly chatting his school cheer during the opening parade of the June 16 event.

Prince William speaks to C4C volunteers. Joe Jonas performs.

Prince William also visited the Paul G. Allan Family Foundation's Laboratory for Wildlife Chemistry, where Dr. Peter Apps and Dr. Lesego Mmualefe explained how they are trying to decipher the complex chemistry of natural scent marks used by free-ranging wild dogs to signal territorial boundaries. Below are some photos of this visit:

Prince William, Tico McNutt and PG Allen representative talk outside the Laboratory for Wildlife Chemistry.Tico McNutt and Prince William at the lab.

Dr. Peter Apps speaks to Prince William about the BioBoundary project, with Dr. Lesego Mmualefe.

 

 

 

 

 

The night prior to the June 16 event, Prince William and Prince Harry spent the night at the McNutt's research camp, Dog Camp. Below are photos of their visit:

Prince Harry and Prince William with the McNutt family at Dog CampPrince William receives a gift from the McNutt's

Prince William and camp researchers warm up next to the firePrince Harry looks over photos taken during the game drive

The Princes share a laughThe Princes enjoy an evening game drive

 

 

 

 

Prince William to attend a special event in honour of the conservation work of Tusk Trust and Botswana Predator Conservation Trust

His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales KG will participate in a day-long exhibition of the work of the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT).

Prince William, together with former South African Football captain and English FA Ambassador, Lucas Radebe, and popular recording artist Joe Jonas, will be lending support for BPCT’s innovative sport and social development program, Coaching for Conservation (C4C), on June 16, the Day of the African Child.

The event is organized to demonstrate the unique and innovative football-based “Learning from Animals” curriculum. The mission of C4C is to conserve natural resources by using sport to engender self respect, teach lessons about wildlife and inspire a generation of kids who care...more
 

Second Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

The second annual dinner and silent auction was held at the Royal Geographical Society in April 2009. The event was an enormous success, raising more than £35,000. We would like to thank everyone who attended the event and made the evening such a success.

We hope to see you all again this year!