All change at EOG Association for Conservation

Release date: 14 August 2007

In July the EOG Association for Conservation held its first AGM. All members were invited to attend a lunch event which also included announcements of the first conservation projects to receive funding. Presentations were made by three of the five projects being supported during 2007. In this the first year of the existence of the EOG Association for Conservation the not-for-profit organisation has managed to fund five projects to a total of EUR€125,000.

New membership level introduced
The July AGM also provided a platform for members to agree to a new level of membership. A lower level has been introduced to allow even the smallest company the opportunity to support conservation. A company, brand, supplier, retailer, publisher or service provider with a turnover up to EUR€3 million can now join for EUR€500 per year. Membership provides a great opportunity for a company to be involved in conservation across a variety of projects instead of having to choose just one project to support. Members also have the chance to submit up to three projects for consideration for funding, this years project nominations need to be with the Association before the end of October.

New Board members
Two new Board members were voted in at the EOG Association for Conservation AGM in July. Jan Lorch, joins the Board from Vaude, Jan is the International Sales Manager at Vaude. Joining Jan is Nick Brown, President of Nikwax and Paramo. Both Nick and Jan are passionate about conservation and will bring a breadth of experience that will help with the Association’s objectives.

Fundraising during OutDoor
After four busy days at OutDoor the fundraising events raised almost EUR€15,000. In addition to the main fundraising event which took place on the EOG Association for Conservation’s stand, other fundraisers were also organised by Keen and Light My Fire. Most members of the EOG Association for Conservation contributed product to the main fundraising event, which was then available to everyone attending the show for a minimum donation. The EOG Association for Conservation thanks all who participated either by contributing product or a donation. The Association aims to continue with the fundraiser at future events and hope that everyone will participate again.

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Both the Breathe Foundation and the Atlantic Rainforest Institute would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank EOCA for its support of this project, and its ongoing support of projects like ours across the wide spectrum that it engages in.  Without the commitment and funding from the European outdoor industry assist established or start-up initiatives, many would never make it off the ground... and this [particular]  project and its roll out may never have been possible.
Drew Stevenson, General Manager, Breathe Foundation