It has been a strange few months, but lockdown has given me the opportunity to get some running in and now I am ready for the Tusk virtual Half Marathon which I am going to run on Shelter Island on Saturday 27th June - the day that the Lewa Marathon would have been run for Tusk in Kenya if Covid19 hadn't descended. If we think that we have been hit hard in the West, communities in Africa have been devastated by the economic fall out of the virus - and it hasn't even arrived with its full force yet. The tourist industry came to a screeching halt at the beginning of March and the loss of those dollars, combined with a sharp fall in agricultural exports mean that thousands and thousands of people have lost their livlihood leading to huge hardship and a surge in poaching- mainly for bushmeat. Tusk's projects need our support more than ever - just at a time when its ability to raise critical funds is severely curtailed by Covid19 and the restrictions and damage it has done to economies around the world. There are huge demands on all our generosity at the moment, and for most of us, the clear and present dangers are right on our doorstep. But Tusk's ability to fund 50 projects in 20 countries throughout the African continent, using conservation to empower local communities and protect endangered species is needed more than ever. Whatever you can give, I am hugely grateful and thank you.