A couple from Wales were so horrified by seeing donkeys suffer on the Greek island of Santorini that they completed a tough challenge in Wales to raise money for The Donkey Sanctuary’s campaign to help donkeys and mules that are working as tourist taxis.
Clementine Hillman and Michael Shide tackled the South Wales Three Peaks Trial on September 6th and 7th raising a whopping £524 for The Donkey Sanctuary.
The funds will help the charity’s work which includes improving donkey welfare on Santorini.
The weather was wet and the hills were steep for the challenge but Clementine, 31, an interior designer from Brecon, and Michael, 32, a building surveyor from Abergavenny, said it was worth it to help Santorini’s donkeys in distress.
Donkeys on Santorini are used as ‘donkey taxis’ to ferry tourists up steep steps from the port to the main town. They suffer from overloading and overwork.The Donkey Sanctuary is campaigning for the authorities to enforce better welfare conditons for them.There is still time to sign the petition which can be found here: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/petition/santorini
Clementine said: “What better way to emphasise what these poor animals have to go through than by tackling tough hills ourselves. On holiday in Santorini we were appalled to see what the donkeys go through- forced to carry heavy tourists up steep steps all day long without rest or shade. So we wanted to do something to help and decided to support The Donkey Sanctuary’s campaign.”
Andrew Judge head of The Donkey Sanctuary’s European operations said: “It’s fantastic that Clementine and Michael were so inspired to help the Santorini donkeys. We are fighting to improve donkey welfare on the island in several ways. We are lobbying Santorini’s authorities for changes in the law to protect working donkeys and mules. We fund two outreach visits to the island every year to treat working donkeys and mules and to educate the community and we support a local charity that takes in and cares for the island’s abandoned donkeys and mules. There’s always more to do and we are grateful for Clementine and Michael’s support.”
Emily Morris, Community Fundraiser for The Donkey Sanctuary, said of the duo: “I’m thrilled to meet people so dedicated to animals they’re willing to really challenge themselves to help.
She adds: “If you’ve got a challenge in mind to help The Donkey Sanctuary help donkeys all over the world we’d love to hear from you! Whether its running a marathon, climbing a mountain or baking a mountain of cakes we’’ll get right behind you and support you!”