LETTERS/EMAILS FROM CHILDREN & ADULTS
Please accept this donation from my son, Gabriel, who is 8 years old and saves some of his allowance so that he may make an annual donation to the cause of his choice. He has chosen your organization for this year’s contribution. Please let him know the joy of giving by acknowledging his donation.
For Gabriel Bellowe
When I was in middle school, I sent your organization my allowance. I think it was about $.35. I put my coins in an envelope and sent it off to the whales. In turn, your organization sent me newsletters and stickers. I hated to read, but I always read your newsletter.
Now I am approaching 40 years old. Today I will embark on a journey that will undoubtedly last the rest of my life. A few friends and I are trying to start our own non-profit with the mission of mitigating water pollution that threatens some of the poorest children in North America. The scope of this task is daunting. But we are willing to try.
I am a middle school teacher myself now. I understand all too well how difficult it is to have a great purpose and yet rarely know if you are making a difference. I still have no money to send you. At least not today. But I wanted to thank you for teaching me that I am related to all things on this earth. Your organization made an impact on me that has stayed with me to this day. I have come to understand that it will take all of us, working together in whatever ways we can, to make things right so the next seven generations may live in health and in peace with our earth.
You do make a difference, perhaps in ways that you may not be aware of. If you reached a poor little kid in the middle of nowhere, then you have also reached others.
I wanted to thank you for this. You gave me something to care about and a model to follow.
In peace and thanks.
Ever since I was a child, I have overheard conversations about your organization. Since then I have done some research and discovered that your purpose was to educate the public, especially children, about marine mammals and the fragile ocean environment. I understand that you believe in education being the key to improving the environment for both people and animals.
Thank you very much for teaching people and children that it is important to take care of the environment so that everyone and everything will have a bright future.
Dear Mrs. Sidenstecker,
Again, Thank You for your assistance!
To Whom It May Concern:
Please find enclosed a cheque for £100.00 (One Hundred Pounds Sterling). I was given a sum of money when I was in the sixth grade, in 1992, as a donation from my classmates to adopt a whale. Unfortunately, through sheer forgetfulness, I forgot to give the money to Mr. Balk, our geography teacher, to post. I found a manila envelope in the back of my locker at the end of the year with some money in it. Without realizing what it was for, I kept it. I am now twelve years the wiser and feel that this debt needs to be repaid. Please kindly accept this as a token to Save The Whales from all of us in Mr. Balk’s Sixth Grade Geography Class, 1992, at the Saudi Arabian International School, Riyadh (SAIS-R) American Section.
Dr. Faizan A. Awan
I love Maris Sidenstecker. She has been my role model since I was is the 1st grade. I am now in 5th and am going to 6th. I want to do everything she has done, though when I grow up I want to be a Teacher. I love you Maris.
Riley Lucente, age 8, made a sign with Save The Whales, a drawing he made of an orca, and a photograph of orcas. Riley displayed this sign in front of a hardware store. He also reminds everyone he sees with a balloon to hang onto it for the sake of the whales. He is a new member of Save The Whales. I couldn't be more pleased.
Samantha Sharp of Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, CA started a Narwhal Appreciation and Awareness Club. The students are concerned about the continued hunting of narwhals. They raised $200 in a campaign which was contributed to Save The Whales. Thank you narwhal lovers.
Samantha Sharp, Santa Cruz High School
The Grade One students at Glenbrook Elementary School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, studied the impact of humans on the environment as part of understanding their rights and responsibilities in sharing the earths finite resources with others. They raised funds to make a difference by holding a Bake Sale to Save a Whale, as well as a lemonade stand. The students also created and sold whale whistles to their families. They raised over $400 and school administration raised the sum to $404 US. With their funds, they purchased 24 Adopt A Whale kits. Thank you for your innovation and contribution.
Grade One Students, Glenbrook Elementary School
A ten-year old student wrote this letter to his Member of Parliament in the U.K.
Following is his response from Richard Ottaway, M.P., in part: