Thank you to all those who have donated to our cause!! You have no idea the huge impact you have already made through your simple act of generosity. The next generation will forever be grateful for the action you take today to help preserve the planet. Please keep them coming because we are still far short from reaching our goal: raising $10,000 for Rainforest Trust.
To those who are considering donating, both Eric and I would like to share a personal story of why this fundraising project is so close to our hearts and why you should donate to Rainforest Trust. For many years, I have tried to do my part for the environment. I have donated money to charitable causes including the WWF, recycled religiously, and even stopped driving for the most part. But, I really have no idea how my actions would make a difference in the overall scheme of things. Nothing seems to change and the world would go from one environmental disaster to another. Maybe all this was just a waste of time and effort.
In 2014, both Eric and I took a trip to Central and South America where we had to opportunity to visit the Amazon River in Peru for the very first time. It was a dream long time in the making. No words can describe what we saw because the Amazon Rainforest was more beautiful than what we could have ever imagined. It is a place brimming with life, where giant clouds hover the sky, reaching as far down as the earth. We swam with pink dolphins up and down the mighty river and marvelled at animals we didn’t even know existed. It was truly an experience from another world. Unfortunately, like many other rainforest worldwide, the Amazon is now under serious threat. One year after our visit, a catastrophic oil spill has released over 3000 barrels (about 477,000 litres) of oil into the Peruvian Amazon. This is simply beyond heart breaking.
Maybe not everyone realizes this, but what happens to one side of the planet has serious repercussions for the rest of the world. The Amazon Basin, for example, is home to the largest rainforest on Earth, occupying over 6 million square kilometres. That’s roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States! The Amazon Rainforest is not only the largest forest in the world – it is often called the “Lungs of the World”. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest alone. One-fifth of the world´s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin. The Amazon´s daily freshwater discharge into the Atlantic is enough to supply New York City´s freshwater needs for nine years! Many important new drugs are still awaiting to be discovered in this area – drugs for AIDS, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer´s. With more than half of the world´s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects living in the tropical rainforests, we must do our part to save them.
Rainforests are simply the life force of our planet.
When Eric and I decided to embark on our World Record Attempt, we were adamant to use this opportunity to do something beyond ourselves. This was our chance to do our part to help save the rainforest and make a difference. After researching countless charities, we picked Rainforest Trust. The reason was simple: 100% of donor’s money goes into the purchase and protection of acres of endangered land around the world. You can save ONE acre of rainforest for every $10 USD you donate. Examples of projects include rainforests in Congo, Papau New Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and many more. Rainforest Trust is one of the most efficient conservation organizations out there with some of the lowest administrative and development costs.
We are very grateful for all the support that everyone has given us on this magical journey. We couldn’t have come this far without it, just as we can’t reach our fundraising goal without your donations. Crossing deserts might be tough, but it is nothing compared to the task of saving the rainforests. Our actions today will make all the difference to the future generations. If you want to donate, please don’t wait!