Sea Turtles Released on Kiawah Island
July 26, 2009
Three sea turtles were released Sunday, July 26th at 3pm
at Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island, SC. Below is more information on
the turtles released and the story of a young boy in Canada that has been
raising funds for the hospital since he was 4 years old. Although he was already
a fan of sea turtles, Ethan was especially moved by one of the patients he met 2
summers ago, "Wadmalaw", a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle that was released.
Ethan is not alone among children that willingly give up birthday gifts and allowance money, or give time to have lemonade stands and bake sales in order to help save sea turtles. His story only stands out because of his age, his fundraising persistence year after year and his location in Ontario. All of the children involved in this program are commended and greatly appreciated for their passion for the conservation of sea turtles.
All photos courtesy of Kelly Bragg ~ My Scribe Photography
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|Kelly Thorvalson, Ethan and his mother.|
Ethan presents $1000.00
to the Sea Turtle Hospital
at the SC Aquarium.
One Boy, One Turtle, a World of Difference
One extremely passionate seven-year-old boy, one very sick sea turtle, four garage sales, three craft shows, 500 homemade turtle chocolates and numerous 10-cent bottle refunds add up to a winning combination for patients in the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Ethan, inspired by a behind-the-scenes tour of the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital, has worked diligently for over two years raising funds to support the hospital patients. To his honor, on July 26, 2009, Ethan will join Aquarium staff in releasing Wadmalaw, the Kemp’s ridley whose story first inspired him to educate others about the plight of sea turtles and work towards raising money for their treatment.