Do you feel your work is helping? by supporting DSWT to meet the challenges?
I wish I could raise more money for the DSWT but I realize that my efforts are helping in many ways. When you increase awareness, this increases the public's interest in important issues going on in Africa. Each year I have raised more money, had more adoptions, brought in more donations, and increased awareness in the Austin area. I feel proud of what I am doing and will continue to fundraise year after year. I have been very lucky to actually see the amazing DSWT nursery and the Voi stockades and the orphans there. Voi is run by the awesome, Joseph, who is an angel!!!
What is the most rewarding thing about your work?
My heart is so full for the love of wildlife, especially elephants. When I see the look in a youngster's eyes when they adopt an elephant, see my large posters of the babies, and I get great questions from them and their parents, I know I am making a difference. It is the youth of this country that will need to lead the change in our perceptions of animal welfare. On our most recent visit to the Nairobi nursery, it was great to see more children there with their parents. We must get the information out to the day care centers, private schools, and our public school systems here in Austin. When we get the kids involved things will happen!!