Jannina completes walk around Ireland
A BRITISH woman walking the coast of Ireland to raise funds to protect wildlife in Africa wound up her 2,500 mile trek in Kilmore Quay where she was greeted by local people who congratulated her on her long journey with only her dogs Jago and Tressa for company.
The appropriately named Jannina Tredwell began her journey in the village on February 15, fundraising for Tusk, a charity that protects wildlife, supports communities and promotes education in Africa.
Janinna has encountered some endurance tests along the way, in the first week of this trek her feet were covered in blisters, in mid-February she walked 16 miles through freezing hail and snow and in mid-March through a snow storm in the Glens of Antrim with many of the challenges faced caused by the cold spring and late start to summer.
This isn't Jannina's first trek in the name of charity, in January, 2006 Jannina set off from the Cob at Lyme Regis in Dorset to walk the coast of mainland Britain with Jago and Tressa. The RNLI, The Woodland Trust, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and an Aids orphanage in South Africa benefited equally from the funds collected. She covered all the costs of the walk herself, so that every penny collected would go towards the charities.
'I chose the Tusk Charity as the poaching of elephants and rhinos for tusk and horn has reached epidemic proportions. Unless we can reverse this catastrophic trend, experts estimate wild elephants and rhinos will be exterminated within a decade,' she said.
All money raised as a result of Jannina's trek will go to Tusk.
For more information or to make a donation, visit Jannina's website Janninatredwell.com