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Donate To Charity For A Meet And Greet Zoom Call With Some Alpacas

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Donate To Charity For A Meet And Greet Zoom Call With Some Alpacas

If you've been stuck on a load of boring work Zoom chats of late, how about donating some money to a good cause and getting a virtual visit from an alpaca to liven things up?


Yes, you heard right, an alpaca will come onto your Zoom call and hang out for a bit - I guess, just doing alpaca stuff? - provided your company gives some money to the Marie Curie terminal illness charity.

Now, we're all tired of the same old stuff after eleven weeks of lockdown, aren't we? We could all use a bit of something different to keep ourselves interested.


Well, now you can do that while helping out a decent cause as well. Everyone's a winner.

This whole bizarre idea is the brainchild of Bob Crosbie, who owns Bobcat Alpacas in Edinburgh.

He decided that it would be a gas if people gave a suggested donation of £100 ($126) for a 20 minute 'meet and greet' session with some of his lovely herd of friendly alpacas.

Why ever not, eh?

Credit: PA Media
Credit: PA Media

He explained: "We've supported Marie Curie for many years, ever since we set up Bobcat Alpacas in 2015, just ten minutes down the road from the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh.

"We often visit the Hospice with the alpacas, who prove popular as you can imagine!

"I've met many of their incredible staff and hundreds of patients and families, all so grateful for the care and support Marie Curie provide, so when we heard they were facing a funding crisis, we wanted to find a way to help."


He added: "I'll be giving tours of the farm, including a visit to our mischievous young alpacas who will no doubt provide some entertainment - they knocked me over on the trial run!

"I'll answer as many questions as I can, the two most common questions we get asked is 'what's the difference between an alpaca and a llama?' and 'what do you call a baby alpaca?'"

There's a serious element to all this, too.

Credit: PA Media
Credit: PA Media

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Marie Curie - who provide vital specialist care to those at the end of their life, as well as their families - has been struggling to raise funds and is facing a crisis.

Fiona Bushby, a Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, said: "We can't thank Bob enough for the support he has given us over the years, and now in our time of need, he is stepping up again.

"I hope lots of businesses get behind this fun idea - what a great way to liven up your next team meeting!"

If this is something you're interested in, you can email Fiona on [email protected]


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Topics: UK News, Weird, Animals

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