Dev­il­ish de­ter­mi­na­tion

HELP FOR ZOO BREED­ING PRO­GRAM

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

A YOUNG Au­bin Grove res­i­dent has shown how far de­ter­mi­na­tion can get you af­ter help­ing to raise $350 for a lo­cal na­tive an­i­mal breed­ing ini­tia­tive.

Nine-year-old So­phie Arnold was spurred into ac­tion af­ter hear­ing about the plight of the Tas­ma­nian Devil dur­ing a visit to Peel Zoo last year.

She de­cided to host an art exhibition, with money raised go­ing to­wards to the zoo’s Tas­ma­nian Devil breed­ing pro­gram.

Be­fore that was given the green light, she put to­gether a pre­sen­ta­tion and booked an ap­point­ment with Au­bin Grove Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Frank Pansini.

“With­out be­ing prompted, she saw the is­sue and pre­sented to me how she wanted to go about fix­ing it,” Mr Pansini said.

“She came to me with a prob­lem and a so­lu­tion. How could I say no to that?”

More pre­sen­ta­tions fol­lowed for the Year 5 stu­dent.

The sec­ond was to the school’s deputy prin­ci­pals, with two more to the whole school.

The school com­mu­nity was quick to jump on board.

More than 70 stu­dents took part in the art exhibition, with $350 do­nated to the zoo in a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion last week.

“70 stu­dents – that was more than I ex­pected would join,” So­phie said.

“I’m quite proud of my­self and how it went.”

So­phie’s mum said she was proud to see her daugh­ter take a pos­i­tive ap­proach to ini­ti­at­ing change.

“I think it’s great she is not wait­ing un­til she’s an adult to do some­thing she’s pas­sion­ate about,” she said.

“She just says ‘why not now?’.”

So­phie’s next move looks like be­ing a new con­ser­va­tion club, where chil­dren can come to­gether to think up ways to help an­i­mals and clean up the en­vi­ron­ment.

Keep up to date via her YouTube chan­nel So­phie’s An­i­mals and her blog https://so­phiesan­i­mals.wordp ress.com.

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