In 2016, decorated animals will be an important part of the famous Surrey Hills CowParade. As part of the parade, they will be a common sight in the country. On Sunday, 8th November, 2015, a couple of jockeys started off the Surrey Hills CowParade. The initiative was launched at the famous Sandown Park Racecourse. National Hunt jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies and Richard Johnson unveiled a beautiful chrome-painted cow to set off this charity event at the racecourse’s (Esher) inaugural Countryside Day.
Next year, this metallic cow will be seen across Surrey. It is just one of the several hundreds of bright-colored models at the biggest public arts event in the world. The leader of the event, Tim Metson, said this exceptional chrome cow has been painted by experienced metal work specialists working at Spray Chrome UK. The model aims to reflect the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills.
Details of the Event
With this event, organisers aim to encourage celebrities, schoolchildren, women, sportsmen, charities and businesses to take part in the huge fundraising event for several good causes. In addition to this, the organisers also aim to promote business and tourism in Surrey Hills. According to Tim Metson, the event has already been able to secure offers of support from various important players, including Surrey business organisations, schools and the National Trust.
Tim Metson also reported that the event will be powered by Surrey Hills Enterprises and Coverwood Lakes & Farm Enterprises. The event has support from the Surrey County Council and the Surrey Community Foundation. Sandown Park is planning to donate the funds raised from the event to the Injured Jockey Fund. The foundation aims to host several CowParade events next year.
During the Sunday launch, thousands of people were in attendance. The launch of the event was powered by the Surrey branch, Royal British Legion. A Poppy Appeal cow had already been created. After cows have been decorated by schools, companies and individuals, they will appear around popular landmarks, farms and hills in Surrey. They will be auctioned off at the much-awaited Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival in 2016. Some models will be saved for a ceremony in London.
It’s worth mentioning that cow owners have been allowed to choose their own charities. All the proceeds will split between the charities and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The latter supports community schemes and projects that benefit the area’s landscape and natural beauty. CowParade organisers are keen to get numerous schools involved. They will also provide a calf for decoration to get the schools started.
Once again, hundreds of bright-colored cows are set to catch your eye on the farms, hills, schools, towns and popular landmarks in Surrey next year. Reputed artist, Alexander Creswell, has even agreed to be patron at the event. The world’s biggest public art event has already been in the news. It has been designed to focus all the attention on the beloved and beautiful Surrey Hills. In 2016, CowParade aims to receive support from community groups and celebrities to raise a good amount of money for wellbeing and health projects.
As mentioned earlier, the event was official launched on 8th November, 2015 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher on Countryside Day. The foundation for CowParade is that companies, schools and individuals will sponsor a full-size cow, and either call an artist to decorate it or do it themselves. Once the cows have been decorated, they will be displayed across the country. In the end, they will be auctioned off at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink and Music Festival.
The organisers have been really enthusiastic about the event. Thus, they have come up with an app, which allows you to track the location of the cows. Cow owners can choose from a wide range of charities to donate the proceeds, which will also be given to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. It’s a charity founded to preserve the natural beauty and landscape of Surrey Hills.
CowParade was first organised in 1998 in Switzerland. Since then, it has been organised in over 80 towns and cities around the world. More than 3,000 cows have been beautifully decorated by over 5,000 artists. John Rocha created the highest grossing cow in 2003 in Dublin. It was auctioned off for $146,000. Hopefully, next year’s event will get some good bids too.