Ballymoney man’s year of challenges for WSPA

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Throughout 2014 Ballymoney man Gary Boyd will be going to extreme lengths to raise vital funds for WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals).

His next adventure, on February 2nd, will be “Ireland’s toughest physical and mental endurance challenge”, Hell and Back.( Previous events include the “Race over the Glens”, a 5.5 mile endurance race through Glenariff on New Year’s Day.

The 27-year-old post graduate student is taking part in these events throughout the year to raise money for animal protection worldwide.

Gary said: “2013 saw Facebook and Twitter flooded with extreme images, articles and videos of horrendous animal cruelty in both local areas and around the world.

“I know that anyone who happened to click on these links was completely disgusted by such inhuman behavior towards animals. But what was actually done about them?

“While I don’t doubt for a second that many of these links were posted purely for shock value, while others may have been posted to raise awareness - did any of them actually make a difference? I sincerely hope so, but it’s not enough to hope. The time has come to step up and make sure something is done.

“Every month throughout the year, I will be taking part in many extreme physical challenges to aid WSPA in their work. I’ve never done anything like this before but I am looking forward to it as a personal challenge and a way to raise money for a great cause.

“The charity not only works in local communities and farms, but also on a worldwide scale, protecting endangered species from poaching and illegal trade. It is an absolute pleasure to be working with them.”

To support Gary Boyd in his extreme adventures contact him on 07759199952 or email

For updates on Gary’s progress visit