The Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary in the Upper West Region Africa is home to one of Ghana's last hippo populations. For over 20 years the WCHS has worked to ensure the health and safety of the hippos while also improving the livelihoods, health, and wellness of the people of living within this protect area.
COVID-19 has resulted in the a reduction in revenue for the sanctuary which relies on tourism to help pay for programs. Since 2011 the VIU Ghana Research and Study Tour as been travelling to the WCHS to conduct research, offer workshops, and to participate in tourism services. Like many other visitors, our 2020 trip was cancelled due to the travel restrictions related to COVID.
To assist our partners at the WCHS and to raise money for the John Weighill Memorial Award, which helps Vancouver Island University students to travel to Ghana, we are hosting a virtual 1K, 5K, or 10K run!
We have had 150 custom woodalion made of our race logo - the extra fees cover the cost of creation and shipping. Thank you to Compass Crafts (a local Vancouver Island company) for making the 3 in beautiful commemorative woodalions. To receive one you will need to register for the 10K with Woodalion (75 available) or 5K with Woodalion (75 available).
- While we appreciate the contributions, you do not need to donate to participate! You can skip that option and move to the check-out.
- You can donate to the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary through this site but need to visit the VIU Foundation page to donate to the John Weighill Award.
- Under the Designation tab select "other" and then add John Weighill Memorial Award to the form.
Wheel, walk, or run 10K and help support the WCHS and VIU
No WoodalionAug. 15 - Oct. 12
People who sign up for this event will receive a 3 inch woodalion to celebrate their run. The addition fees cover the cost of production and shipping.
Woodalion (75 only)Aug. 15 - Oct. 12
Participants who select this run will receive a 3 inch commemorative woodalion to celebrate their run.
Woodalion (75 Only)Aug. 15 - Oct. 12