On Monday, we said a fond farewell to our Palestinian colleague, Ahmad Safi, as we completed a ten day whirlwind tour of the UK; a trip only made possible by the very generous donations of PALS supporters.
During the busy ten day schedule, Ahmad and PALS’ International Relations representative, Liz, covered an incredible 1,100 miles as they visited Leeds, London, Colchester, Brighton and Manchester to attend meetings and give public presentations about the work of PAL in the occupied territories. The trip, says the pair, was a resounding success.
“The purpose of the trip was simple: to get the PAL team in a room with some of the UK’s largest animal protection groups to see if we can establish meaningful working partnerships with them. In addition, we were keen to reach out to the UK public to raise much-needed awareness about the work of PAL in the occupied territories. I am delighted that the trip was everything we hoped for and more!”
Without exception, Ahmad and Liz were given a warm welcome everywhere they travelled and, importantly, PAL is now in talks with some of the groups that the team met with to pursue working relationships and funding opportunities. Contacts established during the trip provided advice, expertise and resources for a number of PAL’s important projects such as the pilot spay and neuter programme for stray dogs, the planned mobile veterinary service and the public awareness campaign which seeks to tackle industrialised farming of animals for food in the region.
“The trip has given us a real boost – we were excited to see the support for both PAL as an organisation and also the solidarity with the Palestinian people in a wider context. We will now work hard to build upon the important dialogue we have begun in the last ten days. We would really like to thank everyone who has been involved; we feel this is the beginning of an exciting new period for PAL and are looking forward to facing the challenges ahead with our new partners and friends”.
In the coming weeks, we will be releasing video footage of some of the public presentations carried out during the trip for those that couldn’t make one of the public events and are now in the process of planning a trip for the PALS team to visit the occupied territories to continue our exchange of ideas and skills. Watch this space for updates!