hey tiki!!! I’m 13 years old and a few of my friends and I have gotten a club together. Its is called the Penguin Lovers club. Most of the people in the club don’t even take it seriously. But, we are very dedicated to helping penguins all over the world. We just started our club, yet we have plans to raise money and do fundraisers to go to penguins wherever they need money. we are completely open to new ideas about what we can do for penguins, so if you have any tips let me know!! Lauren (from Texas, USA).
Hello Lauren: First, congratulations on starting such a brilliant club. That’s wonderful! Now to the more tricky bit: how can any money you raise actually help? You’re right, many penguins are in serious trouble because of pollution, climate change and damage by people to their nest sites. But it’s not just penguins that are suffering. Many other animals and plants are in peril too, and even many humans! But you can’t help every single thing that’s in trouble so it makes good sense to choose one particular type of very special bird: my penguin friends and relations. Of course, penguins can’t directly use your money so you have to give it to organisations that can. I have a few ideas:
1. You could contact WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and ask their advice (as you have me). This WWF page might be a start.
2. You could do the same with the Jane Goodall Institute. I know this is not for penguins but you might get some ideas.
3. Then there’s Pete & Barb’s Penguin Pages which have loads of penguin information and useful links. One page tells you how to get involved with just the sort of ideas you could be looking for.
4. You could contact your local zoo for ideas.
I hope this helps you to help penguins everywhere!