After picking up running at the start of the first lockdown, I'm now fortunate enough to be able to run a half marathon (or I like to think so at least). Given the virtual Bath Half on 13-14 Mar coincides with my birthday weekend, doing it seems a no-brainer. I want to use this opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the Pole Pole Foundation in their mission to conserve the Eastern Lowland Grauer’s gorilla in the South Kivu region of Congo since their main source of income, tourism, had stopped due to the pandemic. 

UPDATE: The virtual Bath Half was run in 1h53m40s on 14 Mar - exactly 1 year from the first day I stepped out for a run in 2020.

Thus, this year I'm kindly asking any of my friends and family to consider swapping any gift they might've had in mind for a donation towards my cause - it would really make my birthday and mean the world to me helping save such unique beings. Your support is much appreciated! :)

A mere donation of £10 enables the planting of 40 trees for a Pole Pole project aiming to provide alternative, sustainable resources for the local people, saving the natural resources of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park which is the gorillas’ home habitat.

It was Diane Harrison - owner of The Eating Gorilla Vegan Café in Gwynedd, North Wales that inspired me towards this cause. I thorougly share her vision that a plant-based diet is the 'single biggest thing we could do to protect not only the animals, but our environment, our health and ultimately our future' and appreciate her donating all profits from the café’s ‘Be More Gorilla’ themed merchandise towards the same goal.

Thank you and stay safe,




£525.93 raised of £500.00 target by 27 supporters

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About the good cause


The Pole Pole Foundation UK (registered charity no. 1173386) supports the work of the Pole Pole Foundation to protect the Grauer's Gorillas and support the sustainable development of communities in and around Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Pole Pole Foundation's (POPOF) mission is to work with communities to protect the critically endangered Grauer's Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The foundation was set up in 1992 and has achieved great success in spite of the conflict and poverty that has afflicted the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last two decades. The founder of POPOF, John Kahekwa, is an expert on gorilla conservation and winner of the 2012 Marjan-Marsh Award for an outstanding conservationist working in a region of armed conflict, the 2013 Whitley Award and the 2016 Prince William Lifetime Award for conservation in Africa. All monies raised by The Pole Pole Foundation UK on this page are donated to POPOF in DRC.

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