Gearing Up 4 Gorillas: Pedalling 4 Primates

25 June 2012 Ape Alliance News


On Monday 21May, avid Dorset cyclist Ray Haswell from Parkstone will set off on an extremely challenging 4,500 mile sponsored cycle ride around the coast of Great Britain, to raise funds for Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G). 

Ray is no stranger to ‘pedalling for primates’, as he completed a 2,000 mile ride from Gibraltar to Trafalgar Square in 16 days for the Dorset-based charity four years ago.

Ray aims to return ‘full circle’ around the coast by mid July having passed through 55 counties, crossing 10 major bridges (including the Severn, the Humber, and the Tay), using 33 local ferries, passing through 21 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as 8 of the 13 National Parks, and sampling the overnight delights of over 50 Youth Hostels along the way. An epic journey by anyone’s standards!

Ray said: “Many people say I’m totally mad to attempt this but I know I am,” says Ray. “It’s a challenge I’ve always wanted to take up and to be able to raise funds for G4G at the same time, is a fabulous bonus.” 

G4G are currently raising funds for the first environmental education centre in eastern DR Congo at the HQ of Virunga National Park. Rebel groups and armed poachers make life for the rangers and mountain gorillas of Virunga very dangerous. Apart from directly supporting the rangers, G4G was instrumental, with the generous help of the Adam Murry Foundation in Bournemouth, in setting up the only orphan mountain gorilla facility in the world in Virunga (the Senkwekwe Centre).

G4G Chair Linda said: “We are extremely grateful to Ray for embarking on this epic challenge on behalf of G4G.

“The children of Virunga deserve the chance to see the orphan gorillas and learn about the amazing wildlife that lives on their doorsteps, within the mountains and forests of the National Park. Encouraging an enhanced awareness of and love for the wildlife of Virunga will give inspiration and hope for the future.

"A visit to Park HQ and the planned Environmental Education Centre will provide the chance for school children to explore the wondrous forests of Virunga, hear from rangers about their work and watch and learn about the orphan gorillas at the Senkwekwe Centre.” 

Anyone interested in sponsoring Ray can visit his fundraising page at: 

Follow Ray on twitter @Pedal4Primates


'Gearing Up 4 Gorillas' (G4G) is the only UK charity that focuses 100% on the conservation of the mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo, through providing funds and equipment to the rangers whose job it is to protect them.

Around one third of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas live in Virunga National Park, eastern DR Congo. Classed as 'critically endangered', the total population is estimated to be around 800. Whilst mountain gorillas face threats wherever they live, those facing the population in DR Congo are intense, ongoing and compounded by decades of conflict.


Ray will be on his bike at The Drovers Arms, Gussage All Saints, near Blandford at 4.00pm on Sunday 20 May for photos and interview.


PHOTOS 1 & 2: Environmental Education in Action in Rwanda – photos courtesy of Art of Conservation (AoC)


For more information please contact:

Linda Nunn

Chair, Gearing up for Gorillas (G4G)

Reg Charity: 111166387, Chapel Farm Cottage St Andrew


Tel: 01725 553149 / 07801 531205Dorset
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