I just finished sharing a couple of days with some of the nicest people you could hope to meet. You'll remember CLP friends Cassia and Annika from an earlier post. They are the amazing young ladies who, for the last several years, have asked their friends and family to provide donations to support clouded leopard conservation for their birthdays instead of gifts. This week they traveled to Tacoma from their home in Port Alberni, British Columbia with their parents Rhonda and Blake to present a check for over $1000! Josie and I (above) were thrilled to accept this generous donation. We will put it to great use, probably to help complete our storybook, The Clouded Leopard's Secret, for use in Thailand.
I wish everyone could meet this terrific family. Not only are the girls amazingly unselfish, they are smart, curious, polite, and all-around great kids. Rhonda and Blake have provided great role models for the girls through the ongoing community support they provide for a variety of causes through their kayaking/adventure guiding business, Batstar Adventure Tours (www.batstar.com). The fact that these girls have embraced the philosophy of giving in such a big way at such an early age is so inspiring. I know I would never have thought of doing such a thing at their age.
We had such a nice visit with Cassia, Annika, Rhonda, and Blake and look forward to the next time. We are truly honored to call them Clouded Leopard Project friends!