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High-res CVQO Chairman of Trustees, The Lord Lingfield preparing to present the League of Mercy Foundation Awards for 2014
Today our Chief Executive, Guy Horridge attended a ceremony at The Mansion House in the City of London where volunteers were presented with League of Mercy Foundation Awards. 
Only fifty awards are made each year, and nominees must have given unpaid charitable service for over seven years. These awards are a revival of a distinguished award that was first given exactly a hundred years ago for voluntary service assisting in the relief of sickness and suffering.
Find out more about The League of Mercy Foundation on their website.

CVQO Chairman of Trustees, The Lord Lingfield preparing to present the League of Mercy Foundation Awards for 2014

Today our Chief Executive, Guy Horridge attended a ceremony at The Mansion House in the City of London where volunteers were presented with League of Mercy Foundation Awards. 

Only fifty awards are made each year, and nominees must have given unpaid charitable service for over seven years. These awards are a revival of a distinguished award that was first given exactly a hundred years ago for voluntary service assisting in the relief of sickness and suffering.

Find out more about The League of Mercy Foundation on their website.

Looking for hippo Thandi the mascot hippo Walking on Sugarloaf Beach

Duke of Westminster Award - South Africa - river cruise & St Lucia

With a slightly longer lie-in, we departed from our camp to St Lucia, a town on the coast of the Indian Ocean. 

Our first stop was a river cruise up the St Lucia Estuary in search of hippopotamus. It wasn’t long before we spotted several and eventually, families of hippos on the banks and in the water.

We also saw several fish eagles perched on the trees and a few crocodiles resting amongst the reeds. It was another gorgeous day and the water was calm. Despite the conditions, a few members succumbed to minor sea-sickness, including our mascot, Thandi. 

After the cruise we headed ashore for lunch in a burger restaurant. We were also given time to browse the many shops that St Lucia has to offer. With some more souvenirs under our belts we drove the short distance to Sugarloaf beach. Here we saw the awesome waves crashing into the sands. 

Arriving back to camp in the early evening, we began to pack all our belongings in preparation for departure the next morning. Dinner was sublime. Impala stew served with maize and salad, followed by a traditional South African milk cake. Finally, we sat down for our daily Indaba around the fire to end. 

Isandlwhana Group (17th July) Rorke's Drift Group (18th July) Isandlwhana (17th July) Elandsheim (17 July) Fugitives Drift (18th July)

Duke of Westminster Award - Days 1-3 - Photo catchup!

As mentioned in our previous updates, that part of South Africa is having some internet issues at present so the photos and information are coming through rather sporadically - here are a few ‘catchup’ photos we have received this morning. 

The top photo shows the group at Isandlwhana, the photo below that shows them at Rorke’s Drift. The photos below that are from Elandsheim and Fugitives Drift. 

Rhino crossing the road A head above the rest! The eagle has landed...(tawny eagle)

Duke of Westminster Award - Day 7 - Imfolozi Game Reserve

It began with an early wake call, 04:45 to be exact! Somehow, we managed to get dressed in the dark and freezing cold morning ready for the game drive in Imfolozi game reserve, the second oldest game reserve in the world.

The open-topped land cruisers that arrived to collect us didn’t exactly suggest a warm leisurely drive in the morning. After a ‘pleasant’ drive to the game reserve, the sun soon rose and we began shedding layers to adjust to what became a lovely sunny day.

Some of the adventurers had been wrapped in what looked like 12 layers of clothing and blankets, complaints of “a think ave got frostbite” could be heard from Dan from all corners of the 96000 hectors of land that the game reserve boasts.

Our two drivers soon began to head deep into the African bush and soon both cars got lucky. Throughout the morning we saw many amazing animals which include lions, giraffe, cape buffalo and even the rare black rhino to just name a few.

The day was rounded off with a eye opening talk about the effects of rhino poaching and problems  that are encountered with conservation of these majestic animals. The traditional Indaba and evening meal ended the night off nicely ready for the next day of adventures.