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Support sought for Sean’s cause

Sean Willmore, a final year student of Parade College in 1990, is convening an important corporate fundraising event, the proceeds of which are to be directed to The Thin Green Line - the conservation organisation he helped establish a little under five years ago.

The event, pencilled in for March 29, boasts the organisation’s ambassador Bryce Courtenay as its guest speaker, with Uganda Ranger John Makombo also attending.

“We’re seeking potential corporate/philanthropic organisations to support my work and that of The Thin Green Line Foundation,” Sean said.

The Thin Green Line Foundation (TTGLF) is a non-government organization set up by Sean - himself a former Park Ranger, in July 2007, to support frontline conservation workers of protected areas- the Park Rangers, their families and communities.

TTGLF works closely with The International Rangers Federation(IRF), whose president has a position on the TTGLF Board of Directors. It is supported and endorsed by a wide array of the public and conservation profession, including Dr Jane Goodall.

TGLF and Sean have been awarded on numerous occasions, most notably with The United Nations - Association Of Australia Environment Award and International Ranger Federation – President Award.

One of TTGLF’s main aims is to support the families of rangers who have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. It is estimated that over 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the past 15 years.

This is a conservative estimate.

In the DRC Virunga National Park alone over 165 rangers have been killed in that time period.

Over the past four years, TTGLF has supported and committed funding to more than 60 families in Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

The event is scehduled for Thursday, March 29, at Treetops restaurant, Museum Victoria.Tickets for the event, which includes a three-course meal and beverages, can be purchased for $175 per person or $1750 for a table of ten by contacting Jacqui Moir at ASN Events Ltd via jm@asnevents.net.au, or by calling (03) 5983 2400.

www.thingreenline.info


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