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

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

By Ian Smith
Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 5:04 pm

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.

"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.”

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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.

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Aretas Garuckas on a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to see the pandas.
Aretas Garuckas on one of his walks around Alnwick.