Aberdeen man stepped up for 200-mile challenge to raise funds for conservation efforts in Kenya

Kris Pashley who walked from Aberdeen to Mallaig.
Kris Pashley who walked from Aberdeen to Mallaig.

A man has walked nearly 200 miles to increase awareness of his environmental campaign.

Kris Pashley hiked 164 miles, coast to coast from Aberdeen to Mallaig, to raise funds for two conservation centres in Kenya and for future environmental projects in Aberdeen.

He said: “This is something I always wanted to do and I wanted a challenge.

“So, what better challenge than walking coast to coast.”

He said the trek was a challenge and the weather had “definitely” not been on his side. The hike lasted nine days, starting in Aberdeen on September 25 and finishing on October 3 in Mallaig.

Kris, from Aberdeen, said the trek was a solitary one, mostly meeting cyclists who were going the opposite way, but he emphasised it was “worthwhile”.

Before founding Phalanx Foundation in 2013 – which aims to provide wildlife and environmental education and training to communities – Kris spent two years in Kenya.

During his time in the African country he focused his efforts on anti-poaching and environmental conservation.

Kris raised about £400 from his hiking efforts, which he will put towards medical and radio equipment, plus supplies for Kenya.

He said: “Any money donated helps keep the organisation running since we’re completely made up of volunteers.

“No donation is too small– anything is better than nothing.”

The group, which regularly holds beach clean-ups in Aberdeen, also aims to tackle wildlife crime and pollution.

The organisation is currently working on two projects in Kenya, Colobus Conservation – a primate preservation effort that protects the Angolan Colobus monkey – and Local Ocean Trust, which is a project dedicated to conserving marine environment in Watamu.

He added: “This is something beneficial not just for the local community, but also for the world.”

Kris said he looks forward to organising the next beach clean-up in Aberdeen in the coming month.

To donate visit www.phalanxfoundation.org