Australian-owned Templeberg Villa in Galle and the Sri Lankan-based Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project have teamed up with wildlifevolunteercrowdfunding.com, a company based in Perth, Australia, to raise funds to protect Sri Lankan sea turtles this World Turtle Day, Saturday 23 May 2015.
For the second consecutive year, Templeberg Villa and the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (the KSTC Project) are turning to crowdfunding where individuals from around the world can pledge funds towards Sri Lankan turtle conservation at wildlifevolunteercrowdfunding.com.
Last year the collaboration raised enough funds to build a new turtle tank. This year, spurred on by the success of the first collaboration, Templeberg Owner Brent Carey and the KSTC Project aim to raise $3000USD to permanently power the Centre with a reliable electricity source.
“Crowdfunding is not just for IT and startups. It can also be used to fund environmental projects, and can also help raised awareness of key environmental issues and campaigns such as World Turtle Day” says Templeberg Villa’s Brent Carey.
“Unfortunately global green causes get less attention and less funding than they often need and deserve.”
“Thankfully crowdfunding is grassroots by nature and through a simple dedicated website and conversations on social media sites like Twitter awareness of efforts to protect the environment can have a global reach” Carey adds.
The KSTC Project, which commenced in 1988, relies heavily on donations so it can continue to monitor local sea turtle activity, buy back turtle eggs otherwise headed to local markets and conserve turtles’ local nesting sites.
Dudley Perera, founder of the KSTC Project and a Tsunami survivor, spoke of the project’s success and said: “since 1988, the project has released more than 10,000 turtles into their natural environment”.
Templeberg Villa’s partnership with the project fulfills a responsibility felt by its owners Brent Carey and Christopher Shields and the villa’s staff to the Sri Lankan environment.
“Partnering with the KSTC Project and investing in its biodiversity program, particularly in its turtle hatchling efforts, is a logical way for Templeberg Villa to make a contribution.”
“Many conservation efforts in developing countries such as Sri Lanka rely heavily on grassroots activities and the support of private donations. Every dollar counts”, said Mr Carey.
Australia and Sri Lanka were both ranked in the top 10 of the World Giving Index 2014.
To give your spare change to Sri Lanka’s Sea Turtles and sponsor the KSTC Project for World Turtle Day visit www.wildlifevolunteercrowdfunding.com