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Tiger AwarenessEarn Your Stripes & Help Save The TigerWith Tiger AwarenessWe’ve all had to tighten our belts of lateand the first ‘non-essential’ to go for mostpeople is their contributions to charity.However, for the smaller charities, thiscould spell disaster, which is why Aspirewould like to encourage you to continuedonating your hard-earned cash.Founded in 1998 by Phil Davis, Tiger Awareness is acharity entirely run by volunteers, working in the UKand in India, giving free talks to schools, the public, andother organisations, as well as supporting at ground levelsupporting local NGOs, who give safety advice on livingand working in forest areas.Phil says: “I’ve always thought the tiger was a beautiful,majestic animal, and from the mid-90s I ‘sponsored’ a tigerwith another charity, but I was inspired into action about15 years ago when I read an article about how few tigerswere lift in the wild; it’s amazing to me that there are nomore than 3,000 left in the wild but there are 5,000 inzoos across the United States.“I travelled to India in 1999 to learn about work atground level to increase awareness of the tigers’ plightand provide education on safety in the forests andsurrounding villages. Tigers live in forests and enjoy longgrass, which is high in the winter season, providing themwith good camouflage for themselves and their cubs.Tigers can live for up to 16 years in the wild and eachtigress will bring up her cubs for two years before theygo their separate ways. Tigers survive on a diet of meat,mainly chital deer, wild boar and samba deer, but theyhave been known to feed on cattle, often causing conflictbetween man and animal.“I have travelled to India on numerous occasions to helpand work with organisations at ground level. We givefunds in person at ground level, buying the items locally,which helps the local economy. We have also supportedorganisation that give alternative ways to making a living,other than hunting, also part of that, is education forthe younger generation, which also passes onto furthergenerations.”In recent years, Tiger Awareness has suppliedcommunities in India with:• mosquito nets, cycles and binoculars to forest guards inRanthambhore• bicycles in Buxa for the daily wage staff to help themmove more easily around the forest• stretchers to help the sick people in the remote hills inBuxa Duar• sleeping bags• binoculars for the forest guards so as to help them intheir duty to protect the forest and its mammals“We have recently funded six months mobile computerschool in Ranthambhore area, as this is helpful ineducation, gaining employment and giving a vitalunderstanding of nature and how we should help. Wehave also donated a computer to the forest department,for them to be able to collate Tiger information in thearea,” Phil added.Tiger Awareness is always looking for more donationsin order to continue their vital work. In the past Philhimself has completed numerous charity bike rides andmarathons in order to raise much-needed funds. He said:“We’re always extremely grateful for every penny wereceive. There are so many ways in which you can makea donation to Tiger Awareness; you can make a one-offdonation via our website or Just Giving, you can makea regular contribution with monthly donations, you canorganise a fundraising event, or you can leave a legacy inyour Will to ensure our work can continue into the future.Just don’t forget to Gift Aid any and all donations; thisenables us, as a registered charity, to claim the tax you’vepaid on that donation, so for every pound you donate, wecan claim an extra 28p at no extra cost to you.”Aspire Sales Manager, Stacey Wragg, has been inspiredby Phil and tales of the tigers’ plight, which is why sheis organising a sponsored bike ride from Leicester toSkegness in August to raise much-needed funds for TigerAwareness. Anyone wishing to join the bike ride shouldemail their interest toeditorials@aspiremagazinegroup.co.ukTiger Awareness use their funds at ground level in thefour main tiger areas of India: Sundarbans, Bandhavagarh,Ranthambhore and Dudhwa. They help villagers withfunds were they have cattle lifted by Tigers, outsideNational Parks; they have helped at schools who havebeen identified as conservation-minded; they help theforest guards with equipment that will enable them todo their job more effectively; and they support natureeducation, which encourages respect and understandingfor wildlife in its natural habitat.

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