Using new and innovative ideas for fundraising, pupils of Kingsbrook School near Milton Keynes have raised £1,000 for the World Land Trust's Patagonia Project. One idea was for the pupils to sculpt penguins out of clay, which were (could) then be painted and sold to family and friends. In addition, 'alternative' school photos were taken and sold, with all proceeds going to the WLT to help preserve a magnificent area of coastal steppe habitat.
The area being purchased, Estancia La Esperanza, translated into "Ranch of Hope", borders the Valdes Peninsula, a landmark made famous by spectacular footage of Killer Whales, in the BBC series "The Trials of Life". David Bellamy also visited the area and his trip features on the WLT video about the project.
A short clip of this film footage can be seen on the World Land Trust website online.
This money raised by the Kingsbrook School will go towards the purchase and protection of 40 acres of this important habitat, which in addition to Magellanic Penguins and Killer Whales, is also home to Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Puma, Guanacos and Southern Right Whales as well as a huge range of other wildlife.
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