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In 2020, Exodus Travels’ expert guide, award-winning wildlife photographer and conservationist, Paul Goldstein aimed to raise a huge £100,000 for the protection and conservation of the endangered Bengal tigers supported by the Exodus Travels Foundation, by running both the London and Everest Marathons in his iconic 14ft Bengal tiger suit.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Paul will be postponing both the London and Everest marathons until Spring 2021.

However, we are thrilled to confirm that since November 2019, Paul has already raised an impressive £60,000 towards his fundraising target, thanks to the incredible generosity of so many friends, clients and Exodus Travels Foundation supporters – thank you to each and every one of you who has donated. Paul (and his tiger suit) are looking forward to smashing the £100,000 target next Spring.

Money raised so far

All donations will go towards the rebuilding and equipping of two schools in Bandhavgarh, on the boundaries of the National Park famous for its tiger population. By providing 1,000 local children with an education effectively underwritten by conservation, this initiative will help highlight to the surrounding communities the benefits of their striped neighbours and contribute to the protection of tigers from poachers.

The £60,000 raised so far is enough to fund a large part of the vital rebuilding work at Sal & Mahua schools. Although the building work is now on hold due to lockdown in India, they have already been able to build the protective boundary walls around both schools, and solar water pumps, supplying schools with clean drinking water.

Once the lockdown is lifted, the WMAX funding will enable the next stages of building and renovation work to continue, including the construction of the school kitchens and toilets, lighting and solar-powered fans for the classrooms, library books and a playground for each school. 

We hope Paul can smash his £100,000 target next Spring, in order to further equip the schools with new classroom furniture and computers as well as many other initiatives.

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