The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is around the corner and once again, there will be people running for Wild Dog  conservation. The organisers and beneficiaries of the team’s efforts are the African Wildlife Conservation Fund, a small, dedicated NGO from the south-eastern Zimbabwe Lowveld.

Last year we wrote about the team of Running Wild Dogs after they had completed the marathon. (Pictured above). This year, we are letting you know before the big event so that you can support them with some sponsorship and have an unprecedented opportunity to bid on an original Lin Barrie painting.

Why sponsor an AWF runner in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon?

Quite simply, because they might share if they win one of the yummy prizes we have donated!


Any AWCF runner who raises more than USD200/ZAR2500 goes in to the draw for our bouquet of wines – 2 magnums of Pictus II and six bottles of our premium wines.

In addition any AWCF runner who organises the most unique fundraising event to create awareness for African wild dog conservation stands a chance to win a magnum of Pictus II and one of our fluffy wild dog toys.

How can you contribute more?

Our friend, Lin Barrie, has donated one of her iconic wild dog artworks to the cause.

As we all know, there is always a story behind the paintings Lin produces and this one is about survival.

This beautiful painting was almost lost during a fire in Lin Barrie’s studio last year. However this piece was rescued and survived the flames, coming out smoked around the edges. She has since reworked it and says the piece reflects the many times she has watched wild dogs playing in blackened burnt areas of the veld
after bush fires have roared through.


The painting is under auction right now. Interested? This is what you do:

  1. Simply email the amount you are willing to pay (please note the starting bid of USD500/ZAR6 000) to
  2. Please provide a direct form of contact (email/phone) when bidding. You will be kept updated on top bids so that you do not miss out on an opportunity to sneak in at the last minute and steal your prize!
  3. The winner of the highest bid will be responsible for transporting the artwork from Cape Town where it will be on show ( venue to be announced)