Zeitz Foundation, with Guernsey link, works to conserve ecosystems

December 13th, 2012 by Events

Gavin Rihoy (centre) and Jeremy Rihoy on the right at the fund raising event for the Zeitz Foundation and the Zoological Society of London on 22 November 2012 (click image to expand - image ©Dave Benett, GETTY images)

Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder Usain Bolt was the guest of honour at a fundraising event for the Zeitz Foundation, which is a charity with strong Guernsey connections.

Guernsey-born Dr Liz Rihoy, sister of Rihoy & Son’s chairman and managing director Jeremy and Gavin, is Programme Director for the Zeitz Foundation, which aims to maintain or improve the integrity of ecosystems through effective and sustainable management.

Jeremy Rihoy with Usain Bolt (click image to expand - image courtesy of Rihoy & Son)

The Zeitz Foundation has received financial support from both the Guernsey Overseas Aid Committee, and the Ellen Jane Rihoy Trust, which was established by Dr Liz Rihoy and her brothers and named after their mother.

Jeremy Rihoy and Gavin Rihoy flew to London for the prestigious event, which was held at London Zoo.

As well as Usain Bolt, the evening was also attended by Zeitz Foundation founder Jochen Zeitz, former Olympic medallist Colin Jackson, designer Stella McCartney and her husband Alasdhair Willis, actress and model Tamsin Egerton, rapper Wretch 32 and artist and film-maker Isaac Julien.

The evening raised £175,000, which will be split between Zeitz Foundation’s work conserving ecosystems around the world and Zoological Society of London’s efforts to protect cheetah and African wild dogs, along with the landscapes that support them.

“We were pleased that we could go, not only to support our sister but also represent Guernsey as there are strong links between the Zeitz Foundation and the island,” Jeremy Rihoy said.

“It was a good opportunity for us to hear more about the foundation’s work and the real benefit it is having in communities all over the world,” he said.

Most of the money raised was from the auction, which featured, among other things, a once in a lifetime trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island that finally sold for £30,000.


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