Xavi, a young boy from Sussex, has raised over £2,000 for India’s rescued elephants – what an achievement!

After learning the story of Raju, an elephant who was rescued from a lifetime of abuse by the charity, Wildlife SOS, Xavi was determined to help other elephants like him.

First, Xavi organised an online fundraising campaign that raised over £1,700 through raffles and a silent auction! This was an amazing result, but he was determined to challenge himself further…

So, in January, he embarked on a Freedom Walk! Along with his mum and sister, Xavi walked 50km through the Sussex countryside near his home. The walk raised another £400 – go Xavi!

Xavi Fundraising Indian Elephant Rescue
Xavi’s sister walked with him every step of the way!

Elephants at risk!

Wildlife SOS currently care for 30 Indian elephants like Raju. These elephants were all once owned by humans, who mistreated them. Some were kept in captivity and confinement as temple elephants, while others were forced to perform in circuses.

With the help and support of people like Xavi, Wildlife SOS can rescue these amazing animals and take them to a safe sanctuary where they can heal. Their Elephant Rehabilitation Centre is a place where the elephants can live happily, with lots of food, medical care, and even huge baths! Best of all, they never have to carry a heavy load or stay in a tiny shelter ever again.

However, all of this requires lots of money, and that’s why they need the support of people like Xavi.

Xavi Fundraising Indian Elephant Rescue
Xavi said that he was able to keep smiling, by knowing how much the elephants would benefit from his efforts!

Make a difference!

Xavi walked 50km on his freedom walk – one tenth of the distance that rescuers sometimes have to travel to save vulnerable elephants. That makes sense, seeing as Xavi is one tenth of the size of an elephant!

I don’t like walking”, Xavi said, “but the elephants don’t like walking hundreds of miles as slaves”.

Xavi has special educational needs, so he knows that the world can be a difficult place. Through all his fundraising, he wants nothing more than to help make life easier for these incredible elephants.

Update!

Just two weeks after finishing his freedom walk, Xavi has started a new campaign to help the elephants! He’s designed a set of wristbands, and is selling them to raise more money for Wildlife SOS. Between this and his freedom walk, Xavi has raised over £2700!

Keep up the good work, Xavi!

You can learn more about Raju, the rescued Indian elephant whose story inspired Xavi, here:

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  • Amy.meerkat

    Well done i'm sure that if elephants could talk like humans then they would saying thanks. Well done.

  • rocky

    smart thinking and keep inspirng people that could be younger or older then you #smartie

  • love your hard work its rocky

    hi xavi im your age and i just want to say keep up the work and good job your family are going to be so proud of you well done and i hope you get loads of nice messages from rocky

  • Ava

    you are so sweet Xavi!

  • Sam

    I’m in

  • ii

    good

  • Jayden Q

    This helps me

  • Lulu

    Keep it up Xavi!

  • claysmill

    good job

  • poop is good

    Elephant lives matter!!!!

  • puppy

    elephants should NEVER be held captive like that. No animal should. great job Xavi keep fighting for our climate

  • yeeeessssss you did it XAVI

  • timothy

    good job keep it up

  • ella

  • GO, GO, GO!

  • bluesubwaysurfer

    LOVE IT

  • Aaliah

    i what to help

  • Laila

    I love elaphants!

  • animal lover

    well done Xavi

  • MIA

    i LOVE IT

  • MIA

    NK

  • march20

  • Muhisha

    well done

  • Cooperlucy

    You’ve done a good Job Xavi, you can do it!!!!!!

  • Alligator

    well done xavi you did a great job

  • Alligator

  • Isabella

    Wow Xavi keep up the work

  • peace

    i want to help

  • Ahmed

    Colll

  • Asmee

    Yay

  • Sophie

    hi good job () () O

  • Amaira

    Wow Zavi keep up the work

  • ayla

    well done

  • Lion

    I agree

  • Livstar2

    You are AWESOME!!! Well done Xavi

  • An UwU Gal In An UwU World

    Very Inspiring! Well done! owo

  • Shravya

    Well done...A very kind act to save him :)

  • Emma

    hi

  • big fan

    u are amazing thank u for trying to saving the elephants! u are a awesome person

  • katylee bailey

    REJUS RESCUE WAS AMAZING WELLDONE XAVIER AND SO INSPIRING Wow Xavi , you have inspired me to do something about elephant nets and other endangered animals . Keep up the good work ! I am tiktok famous

  • Taisosa

    hi

  • JOY

    RAJU'S RESCUE WAS AMAZING

  • wolfwolfemmawof

    wow

  • yo boi chezz

    sick

  • Awsome

  • elephant and turtle

    wow keep on saving elephants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yes

    yes

  • e

    awsome

  • Unicorn cupcake29227

    WOW Xavi that's incredible

  • Raju the Rescued Elephant

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hi!

  • Nyla

    i am going to do the same

  • Eli

    what Animal.lover said.

  • davidka_1kitten

  • wow

  • Let,s take action wow wow.

  • Animal.lover

    Amazing keep up the great work!

  • jessica

  • Emma

    Keep on going nice work this might help the elephant this shows that you kind of care abt them what a kind boy

  • Missunivirse

    WOWWWWW. I never knew that Raju the elephant had a rescue!. I thought that he was going to die! :(

  • Sumayyah

    WOW!!! Elephants are the best :D Well done! Xavi

  • wow!

  • WOW that is inspiring!

  • icedog

    keep up the work xavi

  • icedog

    XAVI WOW!!!!! keep up the work

  • Well done!

  • Horses rock

    Wow! Elephants rock!

  • Kitty

    The Elephant story is so sad, but it is great that you are supporting them Xavi!

  • Sophia

    Wow

  • Zach-M

    Great work you two, it's brilliant that you care about Elephants! I'm doing all I can to save the Orangutans.

  • bookboy

    nice

  • happy

    COOL!

  • Hermione Granger

    Can't wait to see what else you will do, as well!

  • Hermione Granger

    Wow what an incredible achievement! Well done Xavi, that is so amazing!

  • louis

    xavi this is good keep up the work lol

  • louis

    nice keep up the work xavi he can do it

  • Benjamin

    So inspiring.

  • Ramdo

    Well done Xavier #elaphants amazing achievment ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

  • Srishti

    WOW!

  • Lucy

    Well done Xavier , what a great achievement.You are so inspiring.can’t wait to see what you do next .You are going to save the planet by your inspiration.

  • Lottie and Mum

    That is amazing well done xx

  • Mark

    Great

  • maia

    great work!!!

  • Traveler

    VERY AMAZING

  • Traveler

    HOW AMAZING!! VERY AMAZING!

  • Traveler

  • Traveler

    How caring!

  • Traveler

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How caring

  • Hermione1211

  • Ella-Mae Woods

    WELL DONE!!

  • Lily

  • AmazingPerson

    Well Done Xavier!!What a great achievement. You are so inspiring. Can't wait to see what you do next. #elephants #saveareplanet #Xavier

  • Penny the bookworm pangolin

    Wow wow wow ! Xavi , keep up the good work !

  • Penny the bookworm pangolin

    Wow Xavi , you have inspired me to do something about elephant nets and other endangered animals . Keep up the good work !

  • JamesCharIesSisters1

    Well Done Xavier

  • Isy

    Wow cool!

  • LILY PARKER

    that was so touching!!! they should keep saving those elephants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Someone was here

    WOW! This was really inspiring for my kids!

  • Gala

  • SB

    Well done. that is a great achievement. The story of Raju is inspiring!

  • giraffe

    well done! that was amazing

  • lola

    wow i cant belive how the elaphant felt while in slavery

  • Smile

    That was incredibly cool to save elephants keep going!!!

  • Wildlife Derin

    This video just show that by doing one small thing to help the planet you can make a difference.

  • Wildlife DERIN

    This has really inspired me and it shows that one small thing done to help the planet can make a BIG difference...

  • eliza

    wow thats is super cool wanna try that

  • belle

    Good job! My favourite animal is an elephant!

  • Nicholas

    very good!!!!

  • Zoey

    Hi

  • That was really inspiring now I want to do something like a fundraiser to help our lovely planet

  • Miranda Dávila Sumano

    In my opionion it is a very good action you should continue like this, Great job!!!

  • Miranda Dávila Sumano

    Hello!!! The action you did it is a very beautiful action Lets take action! Cool!

  • Dolphin

    Amazing

  • Mahika

    Makes me very sad

  • Dacian5463Awesome:)!!! save elifents

    SAVE THE ELIFENTES !!!!!!!! and i biliven in you and fallo you hart and kids can do a lot of thing i will help to!!!!! i'm a kid scientist now and i now lots of things about animals i have a scies team to maby they can help to we will hang posters and think of stuf to help eleifents and happy valintines and im a expert like you and every one els and every one help this kid make his drem come true :)

  • Victoria

    Cool

  • Juan Pa

    Xabi I really liked your idea. Because you help the animals a lot and that pleases me a lot

  • eugesking

    Eugenio Ns ava Roja Hi Xavi, what you are doing is awesome, respect man. Bye Congrats

  • tato@liks.co

    this project is good for the elephants because to avoid the extincionof the elephants

  • Emiliano

    your project is very cool

  • Sofi P

    Xavi I think that your idea is amazing. Because you help a lot of animals thanks to do a change in the world.

  • tato@liks.co

    His projet is very good I like it

  • GDcooper

    lets take action

  • Rex

    keep it up go go go go

  • me

    awsome!!!

  • me

  • naoise

    so cool

  • Jellybean

    Keep walking Xavi!

  • aidas

    i will love to help

  • wel don Xavi u r awsom I think u r doing a great job i want 2 help th elephants 2 fight 4 elephants

  • WOW!

  • lili

    wow you are sooo cool grat job lets go : ) SAVE THE ELIFANTS

  • cloey

    i love how they saved this elephant. it just makes me sooooo happy!

  • Leah

    AMAZING!!!!!!

  • zookeeper girl 10

    cool

  • zookeeper girl 10

    that is amazing

  • Save the elephants!! Go Xavi!! :) :) You are amazing!! :) :)

  • DaanyaP

    so helpful,great job xavi!

  • Linda

    Way to go xavi, truly an inspiration to us all look forward to your next instalment xx

  • bvgnvhmbhguytug

  • Saadio

    SO AMAZING

  • deepit.misra

    wow

  • Gizmo

    Good job xavi!

  • lois

  • Hannah

    Way to go Xavi! :)

  • Ali

    Xavi you are amazing and a true inspiration. You have a kind heart, keep up the good work and help change the world.

  • Ali

    Xavi you are amazing and a true inspiration. You have a kind heart Keep up the good work and help change the world for the better.

  • BrookeB

    You can do it!!

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