Just recently our family headed off for a picnic and a bush walk with some close friends at a national park not too far from our home. Our aim was to get some fresh air, let the kids run around and just enjoy each other’s company.
We got a little more than we bargained for when we came across a Wildlife Ranger display in what we thought was a fairly isolated national park. It had (non-living) wildlife displays, an information booth, sausage sizzle and face-painting for the kids.
It turned out that the weekend that we were picnicking was the weekend of ‘World Ranger Day’ (held around the end of July).
Amongst petting a stuffed kingfisher and echidna and then trying to work out what laid the enormous blue egg they had on display (it was a cassowary by the way) we were also educated by our local Park Rangers on the perils some of their international comrades face in their pledge to protect flora and fauna. It turns out that over 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty world-wide in the past 10 years! Pretty staggering figure.
With those stats in mind Sean Willmore, Park Ranger, Conservationist and documentary film maker founded The Thin Green Line Foundation, an official charity to raise funds to support Park Rangers and their communities at the front line of conservation.
Here’s part of The Thin Green Line story….
Currently The Thin Green Line Foundation is running a Rockers Raffle with three super-unique prizes to be won including a once-off guitar signed by Gotye, Led Zepplins John Paul Jones, Crosby Stills And Nash, Wolfmother, Earth Wind & Fire,Trombone Shorty, Sublime and Rome,John Butler and many more….
Click on the pic for more details (entries close 7th Sept 2012).
So what started off as a simple picnic and bush walk with family and friends turned into an eye-opening discovery and a deeper appreciation of the day-to-day dangers faced by Park Rangers internationally in their bid to protect some of our most valuable assets and resources.
If you’d like to know more about The Thin Green Line visit http://www.thingreenline.org.au/
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, just thought you might want to know a little about this stuff ’tis all.