Mavros Fundraising event with Wildlife Vets International – 22nd May 2012

Fundraising event with Wildlife Vets International, Amur and Wildlife Heritage Foundation at the Mavros Gallery, London PDC UK were extremely fortunate to be included in a fabulous fundraising evening, generously hosted by Patrick Mavros at his stunning Gallery in London’s Fulham Road on 22nd May. Patrick Mavros being presented with a thank you for hosting the event by Sharon Miller Mr Mavros is a keen supporter of wildlife conservation and had offered his gallery to support three charities: Amur – working to save tigers and leopards in Russia’s Far East, Wildlife Heritage Foundation – working to ensure the conservation of critically endangered big cats, and Wildlife Vets International (WVI) – providing veterinary expertise to ensure the survival of endangered species worldwide.   WVI had very generously pledged that 50% of the funds raised on the evening by them would be used to help PDC and the forthcoming joint veterinary initiative to Zimbabwe by WVI vet Brigadier Tom Ogilvie-Graham and PDC UK/WVI joint Patron, Steve Leonard. Group photo including Lord Fairfax, Patrick Mavros, Brigadier Tom Ogilvie-Graham and respresentatives from Amur, Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Wildlife Vets International and PDC UK The gallery was looking especially beautiful because, in addition to the traditional, unique Mavros silverware with jewellery items and sculptures depicting African wildlife, there was also an exhibition of fabulous wildlife-inspired ceramics from the South African studio of Ardmore, featuring the colourful and unique designs of local young artists.  These ceramics are internationally renowned and collected. Guests were welcomed by Lord Fairfax of Cameron and Sharon Miller of Amur, emphasising the positive news for tiger and leopard conservation in Russia but underlining the vital need for continuing support for wildlife conservation across the world. PDC UK is extremely grateful for the support of Painted Wolf Wines from South Africa who donated 2 cases of their delicious Rosalind Rose wine and 1 case of their Den Pinotage red wine to the prestigious fundraising event at the Mavros Gallery, London on 22nd May.   Enjoying PW Wines – Lord Fairfax, Michael Tinning and Brigadier Tom Ogilvie-Graham Painted Wolf Wines Sponsored Cycle – Pedals4Paws Jeremy Borg, from Painted Wolf Wines has just sent this further news of his support for painted dogs in southern Africa: “I am going to be travelling by bicycle from Maun to Hwange at the end of June – 1000kms! The plan is to use the ride to raise money for Tusk Trust, which will be distributed equally between painted dog projects in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Please make a donation to Pedals4Paws via Virgin Money Giving. Thanks. The ride will actually end up at a cycle event hosted by my old school near Bulawayo – The Tour de Falcon. The college have also offered to help raise funds for PD conservation in Zimbabwe through a voluntary donation on the entry form. I am really excited about this. Should be fun and hopefully raise some cash for the cause.”   Mavros photos © Debbie Nicholls