Schoolgirl helps save marine life
Aspiring marine scientist Eloise Federer has raised $200 for Dolphin Quest and donated $260 to the Marine Mammal Centre all by making necklaces out of recycled goods.
When the eight-year-old came to Bermuda four years ago, she had a passion for marine animals, especially seals, but since there were none on the island, she began to broaden her interests. So she came up to Dolphin Quest and we started a relationship with her, said Christine Mihelcic, the general manager. In a school project, she then took it upon herself to create a sellable product necklaces out of recycled goods which was unannounced to us.
My favourite animal is a seal, Eloise said. Ever since I was little I thought they were so cool and so cute.
My goal is to help save marine animals, especially seals, since I want to become a marine scientist. I decided that I should sell my necklaces and help save some marine animals.
I then spent three hours at the Bermuda High School fair selling all these little necklaces.
I did it until all the 100 of them were sold.
The young student earned $500 from the fair and gave $40 to BHS, $260 to the Marine Mammal Centre and then donated the remaining $200 to the Pacific Marine Life Foundation through Dolphin Quest, which matched the funding as part of their donation policy.
Ms Mihelcic also surprised Eloise by setting up a Skype call with Gregg Levine, a veterinarian working with the foundation.
He told her about a turtle they had rescued and how her donation had helped to save the animal and support its release back into the wild.
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