Inspiring teenager on a mission for Earthwatch
10 Feb 2009
Fourteen-year-old Earthwatch supporter Emma Hope is too young to fulfilher dream of joining an Earthwatch expedition just yet, but that hasn’tstopped her getting involved.
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Fourteen-year-old Earthwatch supporter Emma Hope is too young to fulfil her dream of joining an Earthwatch expedition just yet, but that hasn’t stopped her getting involved.
Emma took advantage of Earthwatch’s new fundraising help pack to make as much money for Earthwatch as she can. The creative teenager has had an interest in Africa and big cats for some time, but after attending the 2008 Earthwatch debate at the Royal Geographical Society, she has since become an Earthwatch fanatic, now keen to discover much more about conservation. “As a career choice I would like to help animals and Earthwatch allows me to start the journey,’ says Emma. ‘Earthwatch is awesome — a really good idea, and everyone should be involved.”
Emma joined a Christmas Tree Festival in her hometown of Ilminster, Somerset, selling Christmas decorations designed on the animals, which are the focus of Earthwatch research. And she is now embarking on a fundraising mission, organising coffee mornings, making cards and jewellery to sell at her local market.
Emma says; ‘I have also produced flyers which mum is handing out to the local churches where most people are retired. The flyers are offering people help walking their dogs and doing their shopping etc which some of them may not be able to do anymore. I’m also planning on making stuff to sell like bracelets or cakes. There are some people who meet once a month to have lunch in some rooms of the church and I’m hoping to be able to play my flute for them and tell them about Earthwatch to spread the word a bit more.’
Earthwatch development officer Laura Howells says, “Emma is a real inspiration and it’s great the way she has taken the initiative to help Earthwatch. We wish her good luck with all her fundraising activities in 2009.”
In 2009 Earthwatch, the international environmental charity, has 350 expeditions on 60 research projects worldwide. There are also family teams, and teams exclusively for teenagers aged 16 and 17. If you would like a fundraising pack with helpful advice about how to start your own fundraising, sponsor forms, and event posters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 318878.
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Image Courtesy of Rachel Hope
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