Pelorus Inaugural Charity Dinner

In Support of Pelorus Foundation


November 2023 marked Pelorus’ Inaugural Charity Dinner in support of Pelorus Foundation, an evening dedicated to the pursuit of a brighter future for our planet.

Pelorus Foundation serves as our conduit, to contribute actively to conservation, education and community engagement in the regions we explore. This event was a testament to our shared commitment to safeguarding the wonders of our world for generations to come.


Upon arrival, drinks in hand, guests were invited to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition before moving into the iconic Earth Hall to listen to our Co-Founder Geordie’s welcome speech.

We had an incredible and captivating keynote speech by Monty Halls, a former Royal Marines Officer and qualified marine biologist who has embarked on a series of expeditions around the globe. From taking the first-ever underwater photograph of a rare crocodile species in Belize to the discovery of a sunken city off the cost of Tamil Nadu in India, he’s broken ground in his field. His latest project – Generation Sea Change – saw him sail along the south coast of the UK with his two young children, exploring community-based marine conservation projects and innovators. He did this voyage with his two young children.

Special guests of the evening included our host Di Stewart, a beloved figure of our TV screens for over 20 years, and our auctioneer Tom Best, a former Christie’s auctioneer who has raised over £15 million in over 230 international charity auctions in 12 countries.


Through the silent and live auctions, as well as the raffle, we raised an incredible amount for Pelorus Foundation’s life-saving efforts. On a mission to safeguard our environment alongside current projects supported by the event’s fundraising efforts include:

  • Safeguarding Namibia’s pangolins from brutal poaching for lucrative, illegal Asian trade. The pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal is now at risk of extinction. Already in 2023, we have helped ensure the rehabilitation back into the wild of 19 pangolins successfully rescued from poachers by local wildlife crime forces.

  • Empowering fearless African Field Rangers with specialised training in South Africa, Zambia and the DRC. Rangers stand as the last line of defence against ruthless poachers who spare no mercy for them or their families. To date, we have already helped train over 200 rangers working in some of the most challenging environments.

  • Preserving Kenya’s marine biodiversity, shielding endangered sea turtles, reviving coral life through innovative ocean gardening, and nurturing sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities. One key achievement this year has been the signing of a new community agreement for the ongoing safeguarding of the local marine protected area.

Please join hands with us for a better planet.

Pelorus Foundation is a registered charity no. 1189966.

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Following an ambitious and successful row across the Atlantic, Pelorus Co-Founder Jimmy Carroll will be tackling a new challenge in 2024. He’ll be joining forces with five other ocean enthusiasts to embark on a mission to conquer the unchartered waters around Ibiza. From mountain leaders to world record holders and swimming coaches, the diverse team will tackle the sea head-on, swimming in two-hour relays with non-stop movement until they complete their journey. They will swim through the night, taking turns to rest in a support boat accompanying them. Their audacious goal is to secure a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the first relay team to swim continuously around Ibiza.

The team are working to raise awareness and funds for Pelorus Foundation’s dynamic marine conservation projects, with proceeds playing a crucial role in conserving marine biodiversity in the Balearic Sea and supporting coastal community projects addressing rural poverty in Kenya while safeguarding the ocean.

This incredible endeavour showcases a blend of expertise, endurance, and a shared commitment to the ocean’s well-being. Through their remarkable feat, these swimmers hope to inspire others to join the cause of marine conservation. Together, they are setting a powerful example of how passion and action can drive positive change in the world’s ocean.

Click here to find out more.


If you were unable to attend and would like to support Pelorus Foundation, please donate and help them continue their life-saving work.

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