Alnwick boy with love of pandas steps out on 100-mile challenge for wildlife charity

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A nine-year-old Alnwick boy is walking 100 miles in March to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.

Aretas Garuckas, a Year 5 pupil at Swansfield Park Primary School, has been inspired to do his bit for the charity because of his love of pandas.

A trip to Edinburgh Zoo kick-started his desire to help animals and a fundraiser for conservation charity WWF-UK was the perfect way to get involved.

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"Aretas is very exciting about his new challenge,” said his mum, Rasa. “He has a big dream to help UK animals but his first visit to Edinburgh Zoo conjured his love of pandas and every step he takes will help them.”

Aretas Garuckas is fundraising for WWF-UK.Aretas Garuckas is fundraising for WWF-UK.
Aretas Garuckas is fundraising for WWF-UK.

The pair have been on numerous five to seven mile walks already and are on course to meet their 100-mile target.

They have also raised £75 so far.

To donate and to keep up to date with Aretas’ progress, visit

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Aretas Garuckas and his mum, Rasa.Aretas Garuckas and his mum, Rasa.
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