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.
Two incredible cats – Charlie, a super-relaxed 10-year-old black and white rescue cat from Cambuslang in Glasgow, and Max, a chilled-out 12-year-old Bengal, adopted from the RSPCA in London, were chosen as finalists and social media users asked to decide between the two, with Charlie taking the top spot by a whisker!
Charlie’s owner, Deborah McKibbin said: “We’re all very proud that Charlie has won the Big Cat Nap! He loves nothing more than snuggling, especially with his Dad and two brothers. He’s had a lot of health issues to overcome but is always sweet and understanding. We love him very much.”
Charlie: our 2018 winner