“Why do you want to run for Save the Rhino?” is the easiest question on the application – to help save rhinos, of course! They are a huge part of my life, and treating this planet as gently as I can is something I live every day. Anything extra I can do to help wild rhinos is an unfathomable bonus.
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I’ve recently applied for a Conservation Ambassadorship at work. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund allows several SEA employees the opportunity to apply to travel internationally to one of the Fund's supported projects and help out. I completed several essays and filmed a two minute video (which ended up being a satirical political advertisement to elect me as Conservation Ambassador) as part of the application to help Painted Dog Conservation – an organization that deals with educating children about the importance of conservation of animals and their habitat, stopping poaching in Hwange National Park including dismantling snares, and rehabilitating injured painted dogs. Snares affect rhinos too, so that was a part of my angle. ;)
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Lastly, they ask about your previous fundraising experience. Well…I am the Fundraising Chair of
Tampa Bay AAZK and I just finished coordinating our largest fundraiser of the year – Bowling for Rhinos! It raised over $6,300 – a record for our chapter – and while I didn’t do it alone, I did a good deal of work for it, so that should definitely help me out. Cross your fingers, please...and I’ll keep y’all posted. :)