Smack the Pony Actress Fiona Allen joins the PAW cause!








Fiona Allen and PAW director Gaynor Asquith

Bury born actress and comedienne Fiona Allen has pledged her support for Project African Wilderness (PAW), a Manchester based conservation organisation that is protecting wildlife in Malawi. 

PAW consists of a growing number of people working hard to protect the stunning Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi and to reintroduce the black rhinos that used to live there. They are creating a sustainable future for the reserve and also helping the surrounding villages. PAW has already made a positive contribution by the introduction of water taps, road maintenance and environmental education. The charity will also be teaching conservation techniques and game scout skills to both Malawians and international paying visitors. PAW’s major target for 2008/09 is to construct a boundary fence for the reserve - this will protect the villagers and existing animals and allow the reintroduction of large game including elephants and black rhino. 

Fiona Allen said: “When I heard about PAW and the incredible difference they have already made in Mwabvi, to both the local people and the environment, I immediately wanted to offer my support. It’s shocking to think that this fragile area might disappear within my lifetime, and my children may never see it. The long-term aim of the project is to allow animals and people to once again co-exist. Not only is PAW a conservation charity but it is actually educating and training local people, providing them with a future. I hope to help raise awareness of PAW’s work; ultimately, what we need are funds to enable PAW’s dedicated people to continue to protect our planet.”

Gaynor Asquith, Director of PAW, said “Fiona's support will help us shout about PAW and the work we are doing to save this stunning wildlife reserve. Mwabvi is a beautiful area currently home to a variety of smaller mammals and prolific birdlife, but it would be wonderful one day to return the black rhino to its natural environment. With the help of Fiona and like-minded people, we can continue to make a difference to Mwabvi and the local people.”


PAW: Promoting environmental conservation and development in Malawi.