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RGS Evening – 9 December 2009 
First of all a big thank you to all of our supporters who joined us for our annual fundraising and promotional evening at the Royal Geographical Society on 9 December. It was a sparkling and successful evening. 
Without doubt, the success of the evening was in large part due to having such a compelling and passionate speaker in Professor Brian Morris.  He distilled a lifetime’s observations of the relationships between the peoples of Malawi and their wildlife into a 45 minute talk with aplomb. He illustrated clearly and incisively both the cultural and the spiritual significance of wildlife to the people there.  These are important connections, ones that many of us who live in the western world, sadly, may feel we have lost. If anyone in the lecture theatre arrived thinking that Malawians had a one-dimensional approach to wildlife, it was a myth quickly dispelled!  We are indebted to Professor Morris for giving us both his time, and the benefit of his insights. 
We were delighted that, once again, His Excellency Dr. Francis Moto was able to support our evening, along with our Patron, Professor Colin Baker and his wife, Shirley. Thanks must also go to our UK Trustee, Tom Lupton, for updating us on recent Trust activities on the Nyika and in Vwaza following his recent visit to Northern Malawi. As ever, we are grateful to the team of volunteers who helped make the evening possible – Mick and Marianne Lavery and Eleni Fostiropoulos for manning the second-hand book stall (with special thanks to all who donated books), Angela Kilner for acquiring the WESM calendars, Pip Hayes and Donna Wilson for selling them on the evening with some timely help from Iona Kippax, (thanks also to Donna for being our photographer), Gill Foot for selling the Nyika-Vwaza Trust Christmas and occasional cards (and to Isobel and Paul Langton and Ivanhoe Printers for getting them printed), Claire Grimshaw for selling paintings and prints with special thanks to Pastor Theo Campbell for his prints, Chris Grimshaw for being our auctioneer and also, together with Jack Davison, for being front of house, and finally to the House Manager, Denise Prior, and staff of the RGS for responding positively to our many requests. We were also over the moon that Harry and Margaret Pease and Jacqueline Street, all of whom have our heartfelt thanks for their efforts in connection with the Ian Hay Legacy (for more details see our Autumn 2009 Newsletter), were able to come from the Isle of Man to be present at the evening. 
We are also grateful to the people who took the trouble after the evening to write or email their enjoyment of the event; those letters and emails were greatly appreciated. 
For those of you who were unable to join us, but who would like to obtain an expanded and printed version of Professor Morris’ talk, these are available at £5 per copy plus £1.00 p & p  from Harry Foot, Stowford Farm, Harford, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0JD. (Please make cheques payable to “The Nyika-Vwaza (UK) Trust”). 
We also have a few second-hand books for sale. Click here to find out what is still available.
A reminder that our next annual fundraiser will be held on Tuesday 9 November 2010 – make a note in your diaries!
















































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