9th July 2013
This week Monaco philanthropist and easyGroup founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou threw a fundraising bash on the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation's Monaco terrace to raise money for the WWF's Tigers Alive Initiative, aimed at saving the endangered tiger species. The same evening, Stelios announced his pledge of £100k over the next three years to help finance the conservation charity's new Living Planet Centre in Surrey, UK.
At a cocktail reception hosted by Sir Stelios last Monday, over 400 guests, including HSH Prince Albert of Monaco saw the easyJet founder hand over a giant cheque to the WWF-UK's Ed Smith and David Nussbaum representing his sponsorship of the WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre, the first of its kind and one of only 5 buildings in the UK meeting the stringent BREEAM sustainability standards.
The main focus of the evening, however, was raising awareness - and funds - for the WWF International's Tiger Alive Initiative. The Initiative, one of 13 important conservation projects worldwide as identified by the WWF's Campaign for a Living Planet, seeks to stave off the decline of the tiger population - currently at only 3,200 tigers globally - and double their numbers in the wild by year 2022.
The reception raised over 25k euros from donations and a cash bar, beyond Stelios' sponsorship of refreshments.
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