An animal healer who grew up in the Portobello Road is returning to her roots to take part in a very special charity challenge.
Alina Guzinska, 61 will brave the waters of the Serpentine lake, when she takes part in a wild swimming stunt to raise money for the NoToDogMeat charity. To support
The September 16 challenge will see plucky Alina take part in Swim Serpentine, a one day open water swimming event in Hyde Park.
“This is really like coming home for me, my mother used to push me around in the pram by the Serpentine when I was a baby. I’ve done a bit of training, I’ve got a wet suit and I have been practicing swimming in the little pool in my garden.” Said Alina, who now lives in Normandy, France.
Alina first became involved with the NoToDogMeat charity when she attended a protest event in London’s Trafalgar Square.
At the event the animal expert met dogs rescued from the meat trade in China, and did healing treatments on each of the brave pups.
She added: ‘I was visiting London at the time, and made a B line to Trafalgar square after reading a NotoDogMeat advert in the paper that morning.
“I am a ‘Healing Touch For Animals’ practitioner, so I like to help animals when I can. I did healing touch for the animals, working on each dog to clear their energy fields, and I met Julia who founded the charity.
“Two weeks later Julia texted me to say that Annabelle, one of the dogs I had worked with, started to regrow fur on her back, but yet Julia had tried everything to help it regrow previously, to no avail.
“I hope my charity swim will raise attention to the plight of the poor animals as NotDogMeat, who I have been following for years, the charity does such brilliant grassroots work.”
The NoToDogMeat charity was founded in 2009 after London lawyer Julia de Cadenet saw for herself the horrors of the dog and cat meat trade.
NoToDogMeat now holds United Nations Special Consultative Status, and runs two shelters in Beijing and Hebei China, which care for 750 dogs.
Earlier this month the charity’s shelters were badly hit by unprecedented flooding in Hebei, so Alina’s charity challenge will help raise vital funds for rebuilding work.
Charity CEO Julia, said: “Thank you so much Alina for taking part in Swim Serpentine for NoToDogMeat, our charity is all about people like Alina, who get out and do amazing things to raise money for our work.
“It is a very difficult time for the charity at the moment, as our Hebei shelter was badly hit by the floods, so all donations will go towards ensuring the safety of animals, and rebuilding works.”
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