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Sherborne Girls help save the Amazon rainforest

Published Tuesday 4th of June 2013 09:02:51 AM

Three Year 9 students from Sherborne Girls have just completed a swimming challenge to raise funds for an environmental project in Bolivia.
Sabrina Uithol, Alexandra Hillan and Frances Budd (pictured here left to right) decided they that would put their strong swimming skills to good use and set themselves a charity challenge.
Frances explained, �We are all very interested in the environment, and were keen to find a charity which would benefit both wildlife and the land. We identified The World Land Trust, whose patron is Sir David Attenborough, which helps to create permanently protected nature reserves throughout South America and in parts of Africa, India and the Philippines.�
The girls set themselves the challenge of completing 300 lengths between them in an hour, asking friends and family to sponsor them. They completed the swimming marathon in under an hour, raising �320 for their chosen charity.
Alex added �This money means we can help protect 3 acres of land in the amazon basin in the Beni Savanna in Bolivia. This area is particularly important to species such as the Blue-throated Macaw, which is critically endangered with a population estimated at just 350 birds. We also had enough funds to pay for four trees to be planted and cared for in the rainforest in Ecuador.�
The girls each received a personalised certificate from the World Land Trust in acknowledgement of their support.
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