Executive Director of Brooke USA Emily Dulin and Brooke USA ambassador
Wellington, Fla. – March 5, 2018 – To celebrate the launch of Brooke USA’s exciting new initiative, Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll Farm welcomed Brooke USA and its supporters to her home in Wellington, Florida to kick off the Women 4 Donkeys program with a cocktail reception. Duprey, Brooke USA’s first ambassador, has a been a long-time supporter and she is proud to announce a fundraising dollar-for-dollar challenge up to $50,000, which will fund the program in two Kenyan communities!
Executive Director of Brooke USA Emily Dulin and Brooke USA ambassador Margaret Duprey
“As a longtime ambassador for Brooke USA, I am thrilled with their new movement to help support women in underdeveloped countries,” Duprey explained. “Through the programs Brooke USA funds, they help equine owners, service providers and governments in the developing world to implement scientifically practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to equine welfare challenges.”
The Women 4 Donkeys campaign seeks to improve the livelihood of women in Kenya and other rural countries around the world by establishing welfare programs for their working equines they rely on daily. Eighty percent of caregivers for donkeys are women, and the donkeys serve as a source of livelihood for 70 percent of rural women. Brooke USA is looking to help the women in these countries care for their donkeys so they can continue to support themselves and their families. With Duprey’s generous match, the campaign can provide education and care to two communities in Kenya with the possibility to develop a program in a third village.
Mark Bellissimo and Brooke USA Board Member Katherine Bellissimo with Head of International Fundraising for Brooke Brendon Elliot
Fellow Brooke USA ambassadors including Olympians Kasey Perry-Glass and Allison Brock, as well as international Grand Prix competitors Mikala M ünter Gundersen and ambassador JJ Tate were in attendance along with board members Katherine Bellissimo and Marcia Kulak. Brooke UK’s Rachel Bhageerutty also gave a presentation to the guests highlighting the diverse programs the organization funds, and many of the guests mingled with Brooke UK’s Brendon Elliot.
JJ Tate, Allison Brock, Mikala Münter Gundersen and Kasey Perry-Glass
“It was a pleasure to welcome our ambassadors along with board members from Brooke USA into my home,” Duprey continued. “To see so many people excited about supporting these women and their working donkeys is inspiring and I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue to help support Brooke USA and their global efforts.”
To learn more about Women 4 Donkeys and to read testimonials from women in Kenya, click here! To make a donation for Duprey’s match challenge, please donate here or contact Brooke USA’s development officer, Kendall Bierer.