P442 ORACLE 442 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:01  4-Tel      THE WHITE ELEPHANT TRUST   John Blashford-Snell OPERATION RALEIGH Given their club's name, they felt it was high time that they should actually do something with regard to the plight of the African Elephant, a creature fast approaching extinction. A chance meeting at Sky TV brought them into contact with Colonel John Blashford-Snell, member of that other endangered species: the Great British Explorer. More importantly for the Trust, he is Director General of Operation Raleigh.  2/6 Next Feature Take 4 Sport On 4 Facts
P442 ORACLE 442 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:03  4-Tel      THE WHITE ELEPHANT TRUST   John Blashford-Snell OPERATION RALEIGH As Blashford-Snell explained, Raleigh caters for the fact that many people "want to be warriors without a war". Furthermore, "everyone wants to be green these days... and quite rightly." Conservation fits in perfectly with the Raleigh concept of service to the community and is very much the area in which Blashers sees Raleigh going. "Until 1987 our main concern was the rain forest" and included work on "where the great trees have their sex lives." 4/6 Next Feature Take 4 Sport On 4 Facts
P442 ORACLE 442 Sat29 Jul C4 2201:11  4-Tel      THE WHITE ELEPHANT TRUST   John Blashford-Snell OPERATION RALEIGH Since 1987, however, Raleigh "has switched more into animals" and it was David Sheppard (the artist and honorary vice president of Raleigh) who "provided the expansion into elephants" ghen, after their meeting at Sky, the White Elephant Trust approached Snell, Blashers was only to happy to oblige. It is hoped that using money raised by the Trust, Raleigh will set up camps in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya to provide essential back-up to the anti-poaching squads. 5/6 Next Feature Take 4 Sport On 4 Facts
P442 ORACLE 442 Sat29 Jul C4 2214:30  4-Tel      THE WHITE ELEPHANT TRUST   John Blashford-Snell OPERATION RALEIGH The camps will be manned by qualified engineers and people who have been on previous Raleigh expeditions. Their prime task is to keep Park Rangers and anti-poaching squads mobile. It is not as simple as it seems. Even back-up work can be dangerous (poachers once laid siege to a Black Rhino reserve Raleigh was building); and then there is the African bureaucracy... Nonetheless, today the first trial camp sets off for Zimbabwe... Richard Bull  6/6 Next Feature Take 4 Sport On 4 Facts
P442 ORACLE 442 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:00  4-Tel      THE WHITE ELEPHANT TRUST   John Blashford-Snell OPERATION RALEIGH Nestled in the salubrious setting of Curzon St, in London's Mayfair, is the White Elephant Club - for 27 years a watering hole for "celebs" and "achievers" from all walks of life. Several weeks ago two members of the club - Ray Burnett (a self confessed high-flier prone to spasmodic tap dancing) and Guy Harmsworth - decided to set up the White Elephant Trust.  1/6 Next Feature Take 4 Sport On 4 Facts
P442 ORACLE 442 Sat29 Jul C4 2200:10  4-Tel      THE WHITE ELEPHANT TRUST   John Blashford-Snell OPERATION RALEIGH Operation Raleigh is a charity that sends young people, many of them from the inner cities, on expeditions around the world to develop their self- confidence and leadership skills. Given that "Blashers" (as Snell is called) is still a regular soldier, the organisation is run along military lines. However, the key ingredients to a Raleigh expedition are scientific research and conservation, not simply adventure. 3/6 Next Feature Take 4 Sport On 4 Facts