Every year, through our Big Cat Nap, we encourage people to ‘make like a lion’ and do… nothing!
To celebrate the fact that male lions can sleep for an incredible 23 hours a day, we launched a fundraising event like no other. Instead of encouraging supporters to raise money for Born Free’s big cat projects with a sponsored run or a cycle (far too energetic!), we turned the concept on its head and invited people to ‘do nothing’ for charity, and the Big Cat Nap was born.
There are loads of lazy ways to get involved with the Big Cat Nap. Why not organise a ‘wear pyjamas to work or school day’ and collect cash from those who take part?
Or try a sponsored sleep-in – the longer you stay in bed, the more you could raise!
Other ideas could include a tea party, a cake sale or even a big cat quiz… just nothing too strenuous!
If that sounds too much like hard work, you can take part in our sleepy selfie social media competition.
Simply snap a picture of your sleeping pet (it’s called Cat Nap but any sleepy pet pictures will be accepted), make a small donation by texting ZZZZ13 followed by the amount you would like to donate* (ie £1, £2, £5, £10) to 70070, and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BigCatNap.
We’ll make sure we share your photo via the Born Free platforms, and your pet will be entered into a competition to be ‘The Face’ of the 2019 Big Cat Nap, and appear on our promotional media.
Maddie is an eight-year-old rescue kitty from Swansea. She was voted ‘top cat’ from the hundreds of entries we received in 2017, and is fronting this year’s Big Cat Nap!
Her owner Alex says: “Maddie is an absolute lap cat, who likes nothing better than sleeping, chasing moths and (of course) having lots of human attention! Her favourite thing is to jump on the garden table and be brushed - which she would do all day long if she could! I’m so pleased that she is helping to raise awareness of the work Born Free does to protect big cats in the wild.”
Maddie: our 2017 winner