Walk for Whales with the National Seal Sanctuary!
The National Seal Sanctuary has led a 'Walk For Whales' this weekend, raising money for the WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

The five mile sponsored walk started and ended at the Sanctuary on the 12th July 2009, where a group of local people got their walking shoes on and joined in the fun family day with even some dogs taking part!
(from left to right) : James Hankins, Kirsty, Emma Wilson, Laura Ward, Paul Edwards, Sharon Edwards, Peter Lewis, Elaine Taylor, Lauren Taylor, Hannah Rabey, Kathy Brown and Rachael Vine.
WDCS and Sea Life/Sanctuaries have joined forces to campaign to stop commercial whaling. A staggering 30,000 whales have been killed since the international ban on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986, and now there is pressure for that ban to be lifted, which will allow even more whales to be slaughtered. All the money raised from the sponsored walk will go towards campaigning to keep the ban in place and bring an end to the killing of whales.

The walk began at 10.30am from the Sanctuary, travelling onto the local village of Mawgan and back again. A total of 15 people and 6 dogs took part, raising plenty of money for the charity.

"We thought it would be a brilliant way to raise funds for a very good cause, and were really pleased when many of those taking part brought their dogs along to join in the fun!" said the Sanctuary's Laura Ward.

The Community and Events Manager for the WDCS, Peter Lewis, also joined the group for the exciting walk.

There were some great prizes to be won for those raising the most sponsorship. Everyone who took part received free entry to the Sanctuary and enjoyed guided tours and drinks at the cafe. Those raising more than 50 received a free WDCS whale adoption and those raising over 80 got a free annual pass to a Sea Life centre/Sanctuary of their choice.
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For more information, please contact Laura Ward from the National Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 or Laura.Ward@merlinentertainments.biz

Persons in the photo above (from left to right): James Hankins, Kirsty, Emma Wilson, Laura Ward, Paul Edwards, Sharon Edwards, Peter Lewis, Elaine Taylor, Lauren Taylor, Hannah Rabey, Kathy Brown and Rachael Vine.

Press Release date: 13th July 2009

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