Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Gambia: Woman wins international award for terrific devotion to the health of horses and donkeys

Ms White is “absolutely delighted” to have won this Ceva award. Click here to see VIDEO (Photo credit: The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust)

Jen White, 24, a UK Volunteer working for The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) have been recognised at a prestigious award ceremony held by Ceva Animal Health held in Birmingham on April 4, 2013.

White, who was awarded “Ceva International Volunteer of the Year 2013”, has worked as volunteer for horse and donkey charity for over a year as Manager of Operations at their headquarters in The Gambia.

“The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards were created to formally recognise veterinary professionals and individuals who work tirelessly to improve animal welfare,” a statement from the trust said on Friday. “These hard working people have gone the extra mile to improve animal welfare, and educate people to ensure the standards continue to improve.”

The Trust said of White: “Jen has worked tirelessly to improve the welfare of horses, donkeys and various other animals which she encounters in her daily duties.

“Jen and her staff are often to be found at regular animal health clinics in the surrounding area of their base in The Gambia, and Jen also co-ordinates regular educational programmes, helping farmers, children and communities to understand and care for the donkeys that are so vital to their own livelihoods.

“Jen works tirelessly day and night to ensure the smooth running of operations, and her dedication to animal welfare is second to none.”

“I am absolutely delighted to have won this award. I am so passionate about the work that GHDT does, and it is a real honour for me to be recognised for my role in the charity,” Ms White said.

Her Director at GHDT Heather Armstrong says “I am very proud that a GHDT volunteer has won such a prestigious award for the work they do for us.”

“I give my very sincere thanks to Jen for the hard work and dedication that she puts into the job, especially as she does it in a voluntary capacity. We are incredibly lucky to have her at GHDT,” he said.

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is currently raising funds to open a second centre for equine welfare in The Gambia, to help thousands more animals and their owners who are in desperate need.

The Trust was established in 2002 by Heather Armstrong and her sister, the Late Stella Brewer Marsden, to improve the health, welfare and productivity of working equines in The Gambia.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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