This Sunday at Omokoroa No 1 School is Animal Day, a fundraising event organised entirely by two schoolgirls.
Maya Stone and Sunny Davis, both aged 11, have spent months organising the follow-up to last year’s Animal Day, which raised more than $1000 for the World Wildlife Fund.
This year they’ve organised face painting, pony rides, baking stalls and craft stalls. Maya’s mum Emma Prill says her daughter’s been busy at work.
“Last year Maya did a series of gift cards that sold really well. So this year she’s been busy making more, with her own artwork on the front.”
On the back of the cards is a message from Maya calling for people to take action.
“We are the animals’ last chance. If we don’t save them they will go, forever. Imagine a world without animals. Let’s save them together and be thankful for the world that we share.
“People do not realise that what they are killing they cannot buy back. So let’s speak louder for the animals, try harder for the animals and make a change for their future. I speak now for this generation but also for generations to come.”
This year they’re fundraising for Jamie Joseph, a wildlife activist working to end poaching in South Africa.
Emma says it’s all the girls’ idea, and she speaks highly of her daughter’s initiative.
“I’m proud of her for getting up and doing something to make a difference.”
Animal Day is this Sunday, October 30, from 10am-2pm at Omokoroa No 1 School.
More information on Jamie Joseph can be found at her website: www.savingthewild.com