Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 1st – 17th December 2012.
'Sofia' and 'Froso' were released into the sea on 8 December, with the help of Heleni, Nikos and Billy – many thanks to them, who kindly provided their boat for transporting the turtles. These turtles are probably the last ones to be released this year since the temperatures have dropped.
There was one new arrival: 'Lefteris', a 45-kilo male Caretta caretta whose carapace measures 77.5 cm, arrived from Samos on 7 December. He had been found by a woman named Elefteria, and was rescued by members of Archipelagos. The turtle has a very severe head injury, which had been deliberately inflicted by someone.
A new supporter has been found for our turtles: the Red Lobster, a local fish shop, was contacted by RC Co-ordinator Pavlo Tsaros, and they decided to help our turtles by donating the fish they did not sell. So far, they have kindly donated more than 23 kilograms of fish, which will feed the turtles for about a week. Many thanks to them for their very generous help and support, particularly during these difficult days of the economic crisis.
On 1 December, two groups of children visited the RC. One was a group from the ʽEkdromi tis Agapis', a not-for-profit organization which provides opportunities for young people to visit new places and to learn new things. The visitors were very excited to see sea turtles up close and to help out with their feeding. The children were very curious and asked plenty of questions.
The other group came from the American Community Schools of Athens (ACS). The children, who were accompanied by their parents, were eager to actively take part in protecting our planet, and will pass on the message to their peers. In fact, one of them also decided to become a part-time volunteer at the RC.
Jane Mantarakis, who taught at ACS for many years and is currently one of our dedicated volunteers, came to help that day. Since it was her birthday, we used the occasion to celebrate around a birthday cake.
On the first of December, it is a RC tradition for the volunteers to bake cookies. Since we respect and keep all traditions, we spent the evening baking and enjoying hot drinks. In addition, one of the volunteers (who wishes to remain anonymous) wrote a Christmas carol especially dedicated to the Rescue Centre, and it was performed by the volunteers. Click here to see the video http://vimeo.com/55931456 .
Did you know...
In 2013, ARCHELON will celebrate its 30th anniversary! Many surprises and events are planned for the coming year, so be sure to check the website regularly to learn about them. Meanwhile, if you'd like to refresh your memory on ARCHELON's history, follow this link: http://www.archelon.gr/eng/whois2.php?row=row1