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Teenager donates pocket money to save animals


By Kirsty Brown

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A teenager's kind heart did not go unnoticed after a recent SWI meeting.

Naturalist broadcaster and environmental campaigner Cliff Jones was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of Culsalmond SWI, where he spoke about his experiences as a safari guide in Africa.

Following the meeting he was approached by member Donna Kennedy who gave him two pound coins explaining that it was a donation from her daughter Erin, 15, "towards helping to save the elephants."

Commenting on his reaction, Cliff said: “I was so deeply moved by this heart-warming gesture that I was momentarily speechless.

"It gives one great encouragement that the younger generation are showing the way, like Greta Thunberg - the Swedish schoolgirl campaigner for the climate emergency - and becoming the conscience of humanity; we share this planet with millions of other species and they too have a right to existence.”

He was so impressed that he decided to send the money to his favourite charity, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

The team at the Foundation were equally impressed by Erin's kindness, and phoned Cliff to ask him to personally convey their gratitude.

To thank Erin for her kindness, Cliff met the Gordon Schools' pupil to thank her in person, and presented her with framed photograph of an elephant which he had taken himself in Uganda in 1988.

Naturalist Cliff Jones presented Erin with a photograph of an elephant from his safari days as a thank you for her generosity.
Naturalist Cliff Jones presented Erin with a photograph of an elephant from his safari days as a thank you for her generosity.

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