The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to reveal that its first online fundraiser this year has been a great success.
Following the cancellation of the in-person event of ISPO in January, when the association would normally have held a fundraiser to raise money for its conservation projects, the event was moved online to coincide with Earth Day on 22nd April. With the support of a number of EOCA members, the organisation has raised nearly €27,000 to add to this year’s conservation project funding total.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day, an annual event demonstrating support for environmental protection, was ‘Restore our Earth’. This fitted perfectly with EOCA’s recently launched 5-year strategy which has climate action at its heart, and its new 2-year focus Wild for Nature: EOCA’s Landscape Legacy Project working to combat the urgent issue of loss of biodiversity. Money raised from the Earth Day fundraiser will go into projects addressing these particular issues.
Eighteen EOCA members pledged their support to help raise further funds for the organisation through a variety of online events and donations of items for sale. Non-profit community interest company Outdoor Gear For Good (OGFG), is set up to collect donations of inventory and reuse, resell or recycle them. It supported EOCA by accepting items from its members to sell, with all proceeds coming to the association for its 2021 conservation projects. Cumulus, Deuter, Lowe Alpine, Ortlieb, ORTOVOX, Osprey, Schöffel, Söllworld, Stanley, Tentsile and Trangoworld all got involved in this way, sending items to be sold including summer shirts, sleeping bags, mugs and packs, raising €12,500 in the process.