02 Apr 2012 - British International School of Jeddah Supports Leopard Conservation in Yemen

William Bezodis, a Year 7 student at the British International School of Jeddah has been supporting conservation for years.  In 2010 he raised more than 1,000 British pounds for the conservation of Mountain Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learning of the desparate plight of the Arabian leopard, William shifted his focus a little bit closer to home and organized several fundraising events in support of the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen's leopard conservation programme.  After lecturing about the critically endangered leopard at a school assembly in December 2011, William collected more than SR 4,300 for the Foundation.  Not one to rest on his laurels, William continued his fundraising efforts through the end of March 2012.  He organized plant and bake sales and obtained permission from the school administration for students to have a non-uniform day; students paid SAR10 for the privilege of wearing spots to school.  Those interested in his write-up can see it in the British International School of Jeddah's quarterly newsletter, the Conti Chronicle (pg. 15).  As William states in his article, the funds that he raised will be used to purchase trail cameras to replace some of those lost to theft and storms during the past year.

Source: British International School of Jeddah

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