Mara Watch 2013 - 3rd December Evening Event
By Laura Gamble
Introduced again by the outrageously entertaining radio presenter and journalist Jon Holmes, Paul Goldstein will take the initiated and uninitiated through an illustrious year on the fertile plains of the Masai Mara. Having guided there many times in 2013 Paul is always staggered by the remarkable game which he and his alchemist guides encounter.
Paul does not short-change, so strap yourself in for a sparkling, provocative and dazzling evening of a wonderful Mara wildlife journey.
Last year's Mara Watch event was sold out. This year, held again at beautiful London venue ‘The Royal Institution of Great Britain’ on 3rd December 2013, it is sure to be incredibly popular once more. So book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
As in previous years, we will be joined by friends and partners who will be on hand before the presentation to talk you through all things wildlife, kit, travel and country. So come down early, have a drink and chat to our many experts.
This will not be a 'normal' presentation, Paul is not a 'normal' guide or indeed presenter ... you have been warned...
HOW TO BOOK THIS YEAR:
Date: 3rd December 2013 Time: Doors open at 6:30 for 7:15pm presentation start
This year Exodus has decided to use a trusted online event booking system. Tickets cost £16, and all profits will be donated to S.A.F.E for projects in Kenya.
To book your tickets please click here: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/marawatch2013/
Our sales team will not be taking payment for tickets this year, so please be sure to use the link above.
If you have any trouble when trying to ensure your booking, please contact email@example.com and the team will endeavour to help you as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you there!
DONATIONS THIS YEAR
This year Exodus will be donating our proceeds to a very special cause this year. Below is a message from Paul Goldstein on the topic:
"Female Genital Mutilation appals me, it still goes on and in such alarmingly large numbers is shocking. Even in the UK recently a girl of seven was treated by the NHS after details were uncovered by the NSPCC.
In Egypt 91 % of women are circumcised with or without an 'Arab Spring'. In countries all over the world, despite it being illegal women are being cut with impunity. It is an enormously complex problem as the stigmas of not being shown the knife are huge.
But it is wrong, plain and simple.
In Kenya the percentage is not as high as in many other countries, however among the Maasai it is approaching 90%. There is no easy fix but by tying up with S.A.F.E. at least our efforts and fund raising will be going in hand with a proven success story.
Since 2008, S.A.F.E. has been working with the remote Maasai community of the Loita Hills, South-west Kenya, to help them abolish the ancient practice of female circumcision. The aim of this project is to introduce lasting and welcomed change in this community, creating a sustainable end to this form of violence against adolescent girls.
The programme starts with public performances of traditional Maasai songs updated to promote FGC abandonment and these are followed up with in-depth education of key adult and youth community members. This programme has already transitioned the Loita Hills community from one in which 98% of adolescent girls are circumcised to one in which approximately 20% of girls now graduate to womanhood by receiving an Alternative Rite of Practice (ARP), i.e.: without being cut.
This work won't stop until the whole Loita Hills community has abandoned FGC. S.A.F.E are now also seeking funding to launch a pilot project in the Maasai Mara to explore how they can replicate their effective, life-changing model to another Maasai community and begin the process of change. They seek to achieve this momentous change by working with the entire community to acknowledge, educate, discuss, replace and ultimately abandon the practice of FGC.
To set this up in Aitong, a village close to where many Exodus safari enthusiasts spend their holidays, is on the agenda. We have a long way to go to ever defeat this monstrous practice, but in certain areas the battles really are worth fighting, particularly in the Mara.
Rage will not get us far, however stimulating.
Working with S.A.F.E. - www.safekenya.org - just might, thank you for supporting us."