The World Big Dog Walk
Collectively, dog owners across the world have united to raise vital funds for charity
With support from the likes of Prue Leith, Carley Stenson and Michaela Strachan, on September 1st 2020, the organisers of the Big Dog Walk, launched a virtual dog walk: The World Big Dog Walk, setting dog walkers the challenge of walking across the world – a distance of 40,075km. The target was set to be completed by the end of September, but over half way through and the organisers are now looking to lap the world AGAIN, with dog walkers already having completed the world’s circumference!
Dog walkers from all over the world have signed up and are completing their walks independently, getting involved via the World Big Dog Walk Website: http://bigdogwalk.co.uk/world-walk As the miles start clocking up, Pip, the walk’s Virtual Dog, moves around the world map on the website – which is updated in real time – depicting the miles walked by fundraisers. Supporters have signed up in their hundreds, which means more adventures walked, more exploring, more fresh air, improved fitness all with the added benefit of raising thousands of pounds for charity and the dogs we all love.
Carley Stenson, World Big Dog Walk Champion says: ‘’You guys are all pawsome!! Both humans and furries alike! They mean the world to us and now collectively we’ve walked THE WORLD for those that need it. How amazing is that! You should all be so proud.”
It is not too late to still sign up and is free to get involved. All money raised will go directly to charities that support dogs in need. Dog walkers can make pledges to walk a certain distance or raise a target amount for one of the canine charities featured on the website, or a charity of their choice, examples include Battersea Dog Homes, Dogs Trust, Mayhew and Streetvet.
Nicole Cooper, Managing Director of the Big Dog Walk series says:
“We look forward to welcoming our dog walking community to the Big Dog Walk series taking place across the UK in spring 2021 but in the meantime are delighted to be able to raise money for dog charities during this difficult time with our virtual dog walk challenge. It is essential that they get the help that is desperately needed.”
Following months of lockdown and continued social distancing, the next Big Dog Walk series will take place in 2021 in March, April and May across several sites in the UK, including Harewood House, Hylands House, Chatelherault Country Park, Loseley Park and Belvoir Castle, but in the meantime, organisers are delighted to be able to raise money and get dog walkers involved in their own virtual dog walk challenge.
Nick Daniel, Marketing Director at Dogs Trust said:
“Like many, Dogs Trust has been hard hit hard by this crisis, with many of our usual fundraising activities and income streams interrupted. We are seeing a huge drop in our fundraising income.
“We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of this crisis on dog welfare, but the long-term impact of this emergency is yet to be felt. It is likely animal rehoming centres will come under increased strain due to coronavirus in the coming months, at a time when charities are facing greater financial hardship.
“Now more than ever we will be relying on the generosity of the ‘pawsome’ dog-loving public to help us through these uncertain times. Our supporters mean the world to us and they always go above and beyond in service of dog welfare, so we are positive there will be lots of willing participants who can help Pip make his trip around the world.”
Chosen charity, Street Vet’s co-founder Jade Statt, states:
“Like all charities this pandemic has affected our funding streams with StreetVet seeing a 60% reduction in donations. The need for our services has intensified with calls to our teams increasing by over 100%. Looking to the future, we have real concerns that as a consequence of the pandemic, the number of those experiencing homelessness is going to rise and the need for StreetVet will be greater. Consequently, we want to thank the Big Dog Walk series for their support, it is needed more than ever.”
Mayhew Charity, CEO, Caroline Yates, commented: “The pandemic has hit the most vulnerable people in society the hardest, pet owners included, and Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers have been working non-stop throughout lockdown to support those in our community who need a little extra help. They are delivering food, litter, and flea and worming treatments to animals in need, and continue to work on the frontline rescuing and rehabilitating lost, abandoned and injured pets and strays. We receive no government funding, and rely on donations to keep going.”
For more information and to sign up visit: http://bigdogwalk.co.uk/world-walk
To donate to Street Vet or Mayhew please visit:
Street Vet https://www.justgiving.com/streetvet
Following the huge success of the launch events in 2019, The Big Dog Walk will be bringing the live events back in Spring 2021.
21st March – Hylands House, Essex
11th April – Harewood House, Yorkshire
18th April – Belvoir Castle, Lincolnshire
25st April – Chatelherault Country Park, Scotland
23rd May – Loseley Park, Surrey
Dates for Ragley Hall, Warwickshire to be announced soon.
Tickets on sale now at www.bigdogwalk.co.uk
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