Posted by: the3rdi | February 2, 2010

CHAMPION JOCKEY ISSUES PLEA FOR HELP WITH CHARITY TRAVEL CHALLENGE

Richard Dunwoody heads to China to raise money for the Animal Health Trust

Champion jockey Richard Dunwoody will lead an extraordinary fundraising challenge in September 2010, raising money for the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Following on from his recent charity exploits, Richard will embark on a 12 day trip to China where he will trek part of the Great Wall by foot.

Richard Dunwoody, said: “I’m extremely impressed by the work of the Animal Health Trust – they really are unsung heroes. Heading up the China Challenge to raise funds for them is a real privilege and I’m excited to be involved.”

The AHT, based in Newmarket, hopes to raise more than £25,000 from the China Challenge and is currently seeking people with an adventurous spirit to join Richard in China.

The trip will incorporate a visit to a Panda Sanctuary and the chance to see the AHT’s eye experts in action at the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu. In 2009, vets from the AHT restored the sight to several bears at the centre which had been rescued by Animals Asia Foundation from torturous lives on bile farms.

Peter Webbon, Chief Executive at the Animal Health Trust, said: “This Challenge is a great opportunity for people to see close-up the important international work the AHT does. Anyone participating will get a real insight into why we need support, along with witnessing our work in China with the moon bears.”

Richard added: “The trip will be incredible and I’m looking forward to seeing, first hand, the work the AHT is doing restoring sight to moon bears. Please support the AHT by either joining me on this once in a lifetime trip or by sponsoring me to take on this fantastic project.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the trip can find out more by contacting Christine Gird at the Animal Health Trust on 01638 555665 or email Christine.gird@aht.org.uk

Alternatively you can sponsor Richard to take on the China Challenge at http://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Dunwoody

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