The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is seeking animal lovers, families and fitness fans to take part in their event, The Enormous Elephant Run, to raise funds for their projects to protect Africa’s threatened elephants.

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Taking place at Clapham Common on Saturday 8th June 2019, the charity is seeking 500 runners, walkers and joggers to take on their family friendly 5k and 10k fun run – with face painting and elephant costumes available for those who want to dress up too!

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Monies raised from the event will benefit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which works in Kenya to protect Africa’s elephants and wildlife.

Since 1987, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand reared more than 230 elephants, with over 130 now living back in the wild. The event, which celebrates its sixth anniversary this year, hopes to raise £50,000 and funds raised by participants will further the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s existing projects to protect wildlife.

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The organisers aim to make their event a fun day out for all with refreshments on sale and face painting plus an elephant adoption tent which offers people the opportunity to adopt and follow the progress of an elephant in their care. As well as the 5k and 10k races, there will also be a 1k kids fun run (registration on the day only) and dogs are also welcome to participate too.

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Those that don’t want to run can also take part by volunteering their time on the day. Lynn Pearcy, a Sheldrick Wildlife Trust volunteer and Wandsworth resident says: “It’s heart-breaking to see what is happening to Africa’s elephants and this is a great opportunity to do something about it. Volunteering is a fantastic chance to give back to something you’re passionate about – without volunteers, events like these couldn’t take place.” To find out more about volunteering, please contact:


Registration costs £24-26 per adult and £10 for children. Dressing up isn’t required, but elephant onesies, t-shirts and elephant ear headbands for those more adventurous runners can also be purchased. If you can’t make it on the day but still want to take part, you can sign up to their virtual run for £25.

Website for registration:

Information about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust can be found at:

Contact: Hannah Goodwin at  01372 378 321


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