If you make a donation to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) or the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust (CRT) in the name of Team Pekin Boys, please enclose a note along with your check saying so and that it is for the Plymouth-Dakar Challenge (PDC05). For online donations, if you could add those details as well (e.g. in the MAG comment box) it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Ron - Team Pekin Boys
Since 1989, the Mines Advisory Group has helped over 20 countries to clear landmines and unexploded bombs in communities recovering from war and conflict. MAG is an international not-for-profit non-governmental organization and shared the 1997 Nobel Peace prize.
MAG is currently working in Angola, Cambodia, Iraq, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Afghanistan, southern Sudan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
MAG applies approximately 90% of every donation raised to directly support mine clearance programs.
Every year MAG needs to raise £12 million to continue its core mine clearance activities around the world, so a donation of any size can help. Here is what your donation can provide:
$28 (£15) will field one fully trained and equipped local deminer for one day
$35 (£20) could buy overalls for a deminer
$54 (£30) could buy a pair of sturdy boots
$70 (£40) will provide protective headwear such as helmets with visors
$400 (£220) is the price of one flak jacket for a deminer which could save a life
$1,000 (£550) will make a remote, safe and controlled explosion with an electronic exploder
$2,700 to $3,500 (£1,500 to £2,000) could pay for a metal detector
$45,000 (£25,000) could pay for a vehicle to transport MAG staff and equipment
$125,000 to $180,000 (£70,000 to £100,000) could fully train and equip a 15 person Mine Action
To learn more about MAG and its mission, or to make an online donation click on the MAG logo below.
Donations to MAG can also be made by cash or check to MAG, 47 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1FT, or MAG America, a 501(c)(3) not for profit
Since 1969, the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust has been working to give orphaned chimpanzees the opportunity to grow up free and independent in their natural environment. Wild chimps face all too frequent fates as sad captives in a human world, or worse, as substitute humans in a laboratory. CRT is now the longest running chimpanzee rehabilitation project in Africa.
CRT was initially established after Gambian wildlife authorities a group of chimpanzees were confiscated from hunters and illegal traders. The chimpanzee is already extinct in much of its former range and endangered in the remaining countries it inhabits. The species was extirpated from the Gambia in the early 1900ís.
The success of CRT is evidenced by the steadily increasing chimpanzee population in the River Gambia National Park (also known as Baboon Island) - a complex of five islands totaling 585 ha. CRT protects and monitors a population of sixty-three chimpanzees living on three of the islands. Many of these chimps are the sons and daughters of the distressed orphans nurtured back to health and rehabilitated by CRT over twenty years ago. Three infants born recently are third generation. The fact that these chimpanzees are able to competently bear and mother their own offspring means that CRT has succeeded in saving not just the individuals, but the many generations that will follow. In addition to reintroducing this indigenous species to the country, the existence of the River Gambia National Park project has assisted in protecting the forest and other wildlife from the pressures of human population growth and resource exploitation.
Managing the project and protecting the islands is an ongoing task. The main source of funding for CRT is a special adoption program. You can contribute to the protection and well being of these chimps by simply adopting one of them for $52.00 (£30.00 or EUR50.00) per year.
There are eight chimps currently available for adoption, seven of whom are pictured below. Click on the photo to learn more about:
You can learn more about CRT and make a donation, or adopt a chimp, at the CRT website.