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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Rowan (age 6) is planning on saving the whales.
Well, technically, the dolphins~ she tells me an orca is a dolphin and not a whale at all!

When she announced this at church on Sunday, one woman commented "Do they still need saving?".
Good question!

As some of you may know from my past posts, my daughter is a very sensitive child, in every way.
She often finds life overwhelming and struggles with emotional regulation and anxiety.
But she is foremost, a wonderfully empathetic soul with a passion for caring for others, especially if those others are animals.

This weekend, we watched Free Willy (1993).
Rowan was deeply moved and disturbed by the story.
Was it true? Were there orcas in need of help right now?
At the end of the (20 year old) movie was a call for action, and the number 1-800-4-WHALES.
Keiko ('Willy')

Rowan was ready to place a call.
We noted that while we suspected that Save the Whales is still active (it is), the phone number may have changed (it has).
She went off to bed with her dolphin books, a million questions and a heavy heart.

In the morning, while I prepared for church, Rowan made a 'Save the Orcas' poster, and with staples and paper, a 'money pouch'  upon which she wrote: "will send to save orcas when full".

Hmmm. OK.
She is serious.
And in that moment I saw and seized the opportunity she had created~ a way for her sensitive little soul to see a need, to feel the pain and to respond with action.
As a sensitive child, who feels everything so deeply, this was an opportunity for her to feel those deep feelings not as hopeless or defeating, but as the spur to action.
This was a chance to learn that she CAN do something, make a difference in the world.

And isn't that what we hope our children will learn in life?
That they are not helpless, but rather that they have all the power in the world to effect change.
To effectively, as Ghandi famously said "be the change they want to see in the world".
Wild Orcas

We announced Rowan's initiative at church, and shared it with family and friends on Facebook on Sunday.
Along with her own $10 donation (prize money from a Remembrance Day / Poppy Day poster campaign), a donation from a like-minded child in the UK and donations from church members, she raised $50 in 24 hours.

At this point, her (modest) goal is to raise $100 for the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation.
With that she intends to purchase an Orca Adoption kit for herself, and one for her class (all proceeds from these kits go to the fund), and donate the balance.
She is continuing to read and study about orcas (and the rest of the dolphins), as she says "I should know about them so I can tell people why they need help".

You are invited to help Rowan reach her goal!
The 'Donate' button below is set up through Paypal (we will cover any fees through BTRT so that all the funds go directly to the Foundation).
THE FIRST BUTTON is set to receive USD.
THE SECOND BUTTON is for Canadian funds (CAD).
If you would like to make a donation in another currency OR outside of Paypal, send an email and we'll help you out!
Thank you ♥♥


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