because they have half killed themselves for the MILGIS TRUST and FOR ALL THAT WE BELIEVE IN!!
All we can say is thank you all so sooooooooo very, very much!! You are all STARS of the Milgis!.. and we are very proud of you… There are several people that deserve a medal for busting them selves to support us… Sarah Boughardt walked 90 kms in one day in the recent Calendonian challenge in Scotland , and not so long ago did the toughest ski race in sweden, Last year Andrew Brudenell Bruce and his Milgis co, Ina, Rusty, Flea and Alice ran a very challenging marathon at lewa downs, a couple of years ago Nick Tims swam the English channel.. a serious and very dangerous feat, which is not possible unless you do an unbelievablely tough training for, and 5 years ago my Pete walked 65 kms, in his 65th year in under 12 hours on the day that we had more rain than I’ve ever seen up in the Ndoto mountains!
This sad picture SAYS IT ALL, and is the main reason why these GOOD people almost break themselves ….. Its hard times for our giants, not only are they dieing because SOMEBODY wants their tusks, but the ones that don’t die are left stranded, and frightened.. ‘Milgis’ because of our way of working actually also can say proudly that we have not lost many Elephants, in the last 6 years of awfall poaching through out Africa, but even to loose one is too many!
The reason is because we have so many supporters that really care..
Sarah has half killed herself twice for the cause and we are very gratefull…,
and when she is really suffering and thinking I can’t put another step forward these images above come back to haunt her and she keeps going.. !! Her words ‘ It was truly a challenge, and by far the most painful thing I’ve ever undertaken’ Sarah WOW we can believe it.. Although i’ve probably done more walking than most in my life, there is no way i could have done this.. SO we all say congratulations and so many thanks from all of us!!
heres sarah gearing up for the ski race a couple of years ago!
then Andrew Brudnell-Bruce team leader of the Milgis co ran in the Marathon at lewa last year.. Andrew was up early exercising for months making sure he would keep up with his team.. his 2 daughters, Ina Astrup and Rusty!!
Then there is Nick.. I’m not sure how he did it, but he DID!!
Pete and Kosma walked from Ngurnit to Lkanto, for the Elephants!.. 2011
as i said to Sarah, the Elephants will know that you are doing it for them as these 3 did.. They waited for pete to arrive at his destination all day, when he arrived they went off to eat!! Amazingly then they came back the next day!! Sarah, Its a little difficult for them to greet you in Scotland, but my animal whisperer another Sarah tells me the elephants knew you were doing it, as they knew with the others who were ‘hurting’ for them!!.. So go, go, go every one!!
I usually end on a happy note but not this time as the poaching is still a true threat , only this morning I received a radio report that there are 3 possible poachers in the area, so as we speak all our 60 scouts and informers are on high alert and have informed the communities to let them know if they see any thing strange going on!
We do not want any more magnificent animals killed in cold blood for their Ivory like this beautiful big bull that was obliterated in a rain of bullets a few years ago… now his bones have disappeared into the sand down the Milgis…
ultimately we thank ALL who support the Milgis, in any way large or small, we know that others may not have half killed them selves by running, walking, swimming, skiing crazy distances, but have half killed themselves because raising money is VERY HARD WORK, however its done!!
THANK YOU ALL!! We are spending your money well and achieving great things.. come and see for yourself.. We have just finished a safari where we saw wonderful herds of safe happy elephants!.. (HAD to finish on a happy note!!!)