Worth More Alive 2
Bengal Tigers matter to Exodus and particularly to Exodus’ resident wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein, who has spent many hours watching and photographing them in the wild. Each year hundreds of wildlife enthusiasts travel to India hoping for a glimpse of this magnificent predator so we know they matter to you too. Tigers are teetering on the edge of extinction in the wild. Despite their desperately low numbers and concerted efforts to protect them, they are still suffering at the hands of man.
Please support tigers in India by sponsoring Paul Goldstein for his 2011 campaign. This year he is attempting to run four marathons in one week while wearing a nine foot tiger costume...
Please Support Paul’s Marathon Effort in 2011
In 2011 Paul is going one better. Actually three better. He will be running over 100 miles in four marathons, in one week, again sporting his distinctive tiger costume. So if you see a large tiger running in Brighton, Manchester, Cardiff or London, please shout some encouraging words – he’s going to need them! Paul particularly needs extra encouragement in Manchester and Cardiff. Although he is being joined by a handful of fellow runners (Exodus’ Sales & Marketing Director Ben Roseveare, Exodus’ International Sales Manager Andrew Appleyard, Exodus client Terry Coates plus Simon Judah and Alun James), unlike Brighton and London, these two marathons are not officially organised events so he will be digging deep to keep going without the aid of a supportive crowd.
In reprising and multiplying last year's effort, Paul and the team here hope to raise even more money and more awareness about the plight of tigers. Training began in earnest just at the same time as the weather turned really cold and the snow set in.
Paul said: “Well I unearthed the old girl today and blew off the cobwebs (off the tiger as well). Round about that time it started snowing. I don't think the costume is weatherproof; it did not need to be in a balmy London April last year. Anyway she was put through her paces in South London. It was good to get the same reaction as ever from passers by, although pet dogs are both quizzical and hostile! One van skidded on the snow when he saw me but fortunately mounted the kerb not the tiger!”
Please look out for Paul running in his tiger costume on the following dates:
- Brighton Marathon – 10th April - click here to view Brighton marathon route. Paul's running number is 9708 - Tell us you where you spotted the tiger: One Pound For Tiger Found
- Reports from the Race: Brighton News: Brighton Marathon | Meridian News: Brighton Marathon
- Manchester Marathon – 12th April - click here to view Manchester marathon route (half marathon being run twice! Starts and ends at Town Hall, Albert Square). Tell us you where you spotted the tiger: One Pound For Tiger Found
- Cardiff Marathon – 15th April - click here to view Cardiff marathon route (half marathon being run twice! Starts and ends at the fountain outside the Millenium Centre, Cardiff Bay). Tell us you where you spotted the tiger: One Pound For Tiger Found
- London Marathon – 17th April - click here to view London marathon route. Paul's running number is 39450 - last year you could track your runner using your Smartphone - hopefully this will be possible this year too! Tell us you where you spotted the tiger: One Pound For Tiger Found
Paul will start running at approximatley 9.30 a.m and expects to be running for 5-6 hours. If you spot him, be sure to take a photograph and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org putting ‘Tiger Found’ in the subject line. For every photograph (must have been taken in 2011!) received, £2 will be donated to the Worth More Alive II fund.
Please show your support by sponsoring Paul via his Worth More Alive II Just Giving page or attending one of his new ‘Endangered – Tigers and Other Predators’ evening presentations in Brighton, London, Manchester or Cardiff – entry fee just £10. Paul will be presenting these events in the same week that he is running his four marathons so please don’t be surprised if he looks a little tired!
All proceeds will go towards the Worth More Alive II campaign via Friends of Conservation to help save the Bengal tiger.
For full details and to book your place please go to www.exodus.co.uk/community/slideshows
Worth More Alive Campaign 2010
In April 2010 Paul Goldstein ran the London Marathon in a nine-foot high, aluminium-framed tiger costume. He raised £22,000. In Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the last strongholds of India’s wild tiger population, this money is being used for the following:
- Purchasing metal detectors to locate snares.
- Purchasing gas cylinders to limit foraging for firewood, removing the chance for tiger conflict.
- To supply solar lights to the park for night time surveillance.
- Purchasing helmets with LED lights plus solar chargers for the patrol guards.
- A proportion also went to the local school, which Exodus donations have helped to rebuild.
Podcast - Hear Paul rant about tigers that are worth more alive...