I am so excited to announce that I have been selected as an RSPCA Junior Ambassador. My role is to educate my peers and the community on animal welfare. I get to participate in all sorts of RSPCA events and i am so excited to collaborate with the RSPCA.
Over the month of March I held a clothes and toy drive for the RSPCA Op Shops. I created flyers and letterbox dropped them in three different neighbourhoods. I sorted through the donations and delivered everything to the RSPCA headquarters.
On the 27th of March I organised a school fundraiser to celebrate Happy Tails Day. I created flyers, organised having the school dogs to help collect donations during class time and organised to have raffles in the quadrangle to win prizes. All the donations went to the RSPCA. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the day didn’t turn out as planned but I still managed to raise $100+ .
During the month of May, my dog Rani and I participated in the Million Paws walk. Due to COVID-19 the Million Paws Walk was an induvidual event where you walk your dog everyday for the month of May. Originally, this event is a community event where people gather with their dogs and walk together. Rani and I raised $423.
In February I had written a letter to Minister Alannah MacTiernan. I researched and wrote about different animal welfare topics and laws that I wanted to change. In June I had the opportunity to meet with the minister at Dumas House. We discussed how to better the lives of animals through changes to the law, about resQbirds and about my role as an RSPCA WA Junior Ambassador.
In June I was given the opportunity to take in a rainbow lorikeet. A 97 year old woman had contacted the RSPCA about helping her with Dolly as she could no longer care for her and didn’t have anyone that could take her In. The RSPCA contacted me asking if I could take her in as they knew I had a bird rescue sanctuary. Dolly loves attention and loves to be with people.
Since my discussion with Ms MacTiernan, her policy advisor had organised for her and the minister to come and visit all of my birds. It was an informal visit where I showed her around to all of my aviaries and my 'bird room' where I keep all of my bird supplies. She even held Oscar!
On the 13th of July I had an interview with a local newspaper reporter. She asked me questions about resQbirds and my role as an RSPCA Ambassador. About a week later I was featured in the western suburbs newspaper and online at https://www.perthnow.com.au/community-news/stirling-times/karrinyup-teenager-flying-high-with-bird-rescue-operation-c-1153808
I was nominated for the RSPCA youth award, and I'm happy to announce that I was the winner of the award. I attended the presentations at the RSPCA center at the start of October, where all the award winners for the several other categories got their certificates and trophies. It was a great presentation hosted by Natalie Locke from NOVA.