Sunday, 7 November 2010

One More Generation

I have been asked to share the history of this inspiring organisation!

Carter (age 9.5) and his sister Olivia (age 8) are so passionate about wanting to make a difference that they started their own organization called One More Generation (OMG).

The two students had been adopting cheetah's in South Africa for years and started asking why some animals needed adopting. When they heard that unless someone stepped in to help, there might not be any cheetahs left in the wild by the time they had their own kids, they sprang into action.

Since starting OMG, Carter and Olivia have been involved in initiatives both locally and globally including:

They have delivered badly needed Animal Rescue Supplies to the Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Center in New Orleans.

They were guest speakers at the Kids Are Heroes day in Fredrick, Maryland last month where they were recognized for all their hard work.

They aim to raise $50,000.00 for a Cheetah Rescue program run by the Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Centre in South Africa. They recently held a silent auction of paintings kids in the community did of their favorite endangered species.

One More Generation has an educational program that presents to visitors of  Atlanta Zoo, Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Cochran Mill Nature Center.

They are in talks with The Art Miles Mural Project an international organization that raises awareness of various initiatives through art. They are excited at the prospect of organising an art event for endangered species.

Carter and Olivia will be guest speakers at the Caring for Creation 2011 Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

They recently hosted a “Water Event” at Fernbank Museum where they discussed the importance of water for all living things and partnered with Ryan’s Well Foundation that helps build water wells in poor villages around the world to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water.

You can read more about this inspiring organisation and see videos of their work on their website.

Carter and Olivia's main messages are "Anybody can make a difference... If we can you can too", and "We need everyone to start paying attention to what we are doing to the planet and all its creatures.  We are supposed to be the stewards of this planet, we need to start acting like one."

10 comments:

Angela Recada said...

I love this post! Thank you for telling us about these wonderful children and their mission. It gives me a glimmer of real hope.

Magyar said...

__For what my comment is worth, my starful appreciation is sent to Olivia and Carter!
__Two young people, in a world wide activity... when others are just 'self-serving'. Wonderful! _m

bunnits said...

Wow. What great work these two kiddos are doing. They can be an inspiration to other kids out there--and adults, too. Thanks for the post.

Titus said...

In awe, Poet. Wonderful post.

sandy said...

Very impressive!

Kelly said...

That is great, I will continue to spread this on to others.

gabriellebryden said...

What fabulous work Carter and Olivier - congratulations - you are making a real difference.

P. M. Doolan said...

Some years ago I attended a conference in which Ryan, of the Ryan's Well Foundation, was one of the key-note speakers. He was all of 12 years old at the time - the only child at the conference. He was phenonmenal. It is incredible what some youngsters can do. In fact, it is humbling. Thanks for this.

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Christina said...

Oh that is great. I love to see kids get involved and care about the world around them.