03 July 2012

No mountain too high: Olivia fights for bearded vultures

Olivia Taylor is going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
What would you do to save an endangered species? Would you sign a petition? Would you attend an event to raise awareness? A 15-year-old girl called Olivia Taylor has taken an ever braver step in her bid to help save the bearded vulture by raising R70 000 in aid of tracking the rare birds. She is going to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Below you can read Olivia’s call to arms:

When I was 11 years old I became concerned about the plight of the bearded vulture and helped KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife’s Bearded Vulture Project by raising R70 000 to track these endangered and misunderstood creatures. I even won an international award for this work. I am now 15 and, based on this success, I have been approached to raise funding and awareness for the conservation of other animals that are under threat, rhinos and sharks. However, to be effective, I needed a vehicle through which to do this. I now have done the boring stuff like setting up a Non-Profit Company, a bank account, auditors and a board of 3 directors to oversee my work and to ensure that any money we receive is handled properly. We have even applied for a tax dispensation so that any donations are tax-deductible.

Much more exciting is that I attempt to summit Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, this week. It is my most significant mission to raise awareness and funding for the conservation of bearded vultures, rhinos and sharks.

I would really appreciate your help and support. There are many ways you can do this:

• Be the Fourth Element – a fire starts with a single spark

• “Like” my Facebook pages (here and here) and write some supporting posts on my Wall

• Visit my site (here) to see what we are doing

• Follow my tweets

• Forward this to your friends, even if just to raise their awareness

• Think positive thoughts for my expedition and me as we climb Kilimanjaro

Let me know if I can come and see you to tell you about these causes

Let me know if there is any other way you can support these causes

• Make a donation

• Let me know if you would like to be a sponsor of Four Elements Conservation NPC

Many thanks for being the Fourth Element!

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