EOCA Raising Funds for Conservation at ISPO!

Release date: 20 January 2014

EOCA is hoping to raise a record amount of funding for conservation during ispo this year. Events held on the EOCA stand, and by their partners at the show aim to create a significant boost to the amount of money put into conservation projects by the association during 2014.
Happy Customers at ispo 2013
Happy Customers at ispo 2013

All day, every day, there will be a gear sale on the EOCA stand where visitors will be able to pick up some great new gear in exchange for a contribution to conservation. The gear has been kindly donated by EOCA members Contigo, Deuter, Polartec, Nikwax and Vaude. There will also be a raffle to win a Kamleika Racing Jacket, kindly donated by OMM.

On Monday evening 18.00-19.00hrs, EOCA is holding a Happy Hour and Gear Sale on their stand. Existing members of the association are invited for this social gathering. Non members are also invited, to find out more about the association from the members, General Managers and board during the event. There will be free Glühwein, beer and pizzas for all, kindly sponsored by Klean Kanteen. In addition, for the hour, gear kindly donated by Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and Bergans will be available, in return for a donation to conservation.


During the show visitors will also be able to make a donation to EOCA’s funds in other ways. ISPO tradefair itself will be collecting Euros at their Snow, Ice and Rock Summit Bar, from people enjoying free beer and snacks. The Scandinavian Outdoor Group have also generously agreed to collect money at their Scandinavian Bar during the show for EOCA. Smartwool put forward an novel initiative to the association for raising funds. They will have a sock vending machine between halls A5 and A6. Visitors to the show can buy a coupon for €5 from the Smartwool (A6 419) or the EOCA booth (East Entrance) to use in the vending machine to choose a pair of socks. All monies raised will go to EOCA at the end of the show.

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said ‘ Each year we are overwhelmed by the support shown and the donations made to EOCA. While visitors benefit from new gear and refreshments, their donations will be put towards making a real difference to the conservation of wildlife and habitats in areas enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts.’

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The funding that EOCA and Original Buff, S.A. have given Ennerdale's Squirrel Woodlands has enabled us to make a massive step change in our conservation of red squirrels, allowing us to purchase equipment, employ local people and support the local community in extending native woodlands and helping keep red squirrels in the valley. The simple funding process has meant we can focus on doing real tangible stuff on the ground"
Gareth Browning, Wild Ennerdale