Dear Friends and Family,
On April 29th, I will be running a 5k to support a cause dear to my heart.
As many of you know, I have always been a lover of wildlife. I've advocated for the research and education needed to help them continue to thrive- as well as sent a few of you angry messages about the travesty that are balloon releases :) I have spent the past decade working with animals all around the world, from sharks in the Bahamas, to dolphins in New Zealand, to sea turtles in Costa Rica. Living in the jungles of Costa Rica, my heart broke daily as I witnessed the rampant poaching of my turtles. My heart broke a little more as I watched them wash up on the beach drowned from trawlers as I monitored my baby turtle nests every day along the coastal beaches of Georgia.
We are all lucky enough to live in a world with great biodiversity and remarkable species - and one that has the chance to see and experience it. Sadly, due to loss of habitat, climate change and other preventable factors, species are going extinct every day, week, month, and year.
In order to help support our earth’s animals and a bright future for our planet, I’m running in the Wildlife Conservation Society Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo on April 29th. The 5k run supports WCS in its work establishing and managing parks and reserves. They safeguard animals from poaching through active monitoring and patrolling, as well as inspire communities to protect their own local wildlife. WCS has the network and expertise to make a difference, but the organization needs our help to make this animal protection a reality. That’s where you and I come in.
With your support, I hope to raise $500 for my run. Every penny counts so even as little as $5 or $10 would make a difference for our wildlife and wild places. I chose to participate in this run because I believe in the work and mission of the WCS. Over the last year, I've discovered that running is an extremely important outlet for me, and have been running in as many 5K’s as possible. The WCS 5K is particularly special for me because I get to experience the beauty of a world class zoo right in the middle of my city while using my passion for running to support the creatures that live here and all around the globe!
Your support means so much to me. Together we can promote a future for this beautiful planet and all of the creatures that I have come to love so dearly.
Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated!