As we proudly celebrate the third anniversary of SAVSIM CIC, it's a moment of reflection on the incredible journey we've embarked on since that first meeting outside The Hope in Wandsworth Common. As the Chairman and Co-founder, I've witnessed the organization's remarkable growth and the positive impact we've had on both veterans and wildlife.
From Humble Beginnings to Strength to Strength:
Founded three years ago, SAVSIM CIC has grown from strength to strength. Our journey began with a meeting with my co-founder, James Martin, and today, we stand tall, committed to our mission of providing animal-assisted therapy programs to support veterans dealing with mental health challenges and PTSD.
Partnerships That Matter:
In collaboration with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), we're proud to announce two upcoming courses for the next year. These programs aim to make a significant difference in the lives of veterans, utilizing the therapeutic benefits of interacting with animals.
Beyond Borders: Preventing Wildlife Crime:
SAVSIM CIC doesn't stop at therapy programs. We actively engage the veteran community in preventing wildlife crime. By offering programs such as HEAT training, ranger leadership initiatives, Reserve Security audits, logistics support, Anti Poaching training, crime scene investigations, in-country risk assessments, de-horning Rhino programs, and K9 training, we empower our veterans to transition seamlessly into the field.
At our core, we are, and will always be, a volunteer organization. To our donors, sponsors, and attendees who join us on fundraising days, your support makes a significant impact. It costs us £32.00 a month to run SAVSIM CIC, and we're proud to maintain our volunteer-driven ethos.
In our third year, our published accounts reflect that we generated £174,000.00 in funds through various activities. This financial achievement has allowed us to make a difference where it matters the most.
This year, we were thrilled to distribute £11,250.00 each to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Macmillan Cancer Support. Through a combined golf fundraiser, our community came together to achieve this remarkable feat.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all our sponsors, donors, event attendees, and those who dedicated time to various fundraising activities on our behalf this year. SAVSIM CIC wouldn't be what it is without your unwavering support.
Special thanks go to the SAVSIM CIC team, including our patrons, ambassadors, governance board, advisory board, operational board, and fundraising/communications/marketing board. Your dedication and passion are the driving forces behind our success.
A Promise to Continue:
As we express our gratitude, we also renew our commitment to supporting veterans and protecting animals. On behalf of the veterans we support and the animals we protect, thank you!
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Visit our website to learn more about our initiatives: www.savsim.org
Here's to another year of making a positive impact together!