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Support Operation Wallacea Mexico 2016 - Georgina Cocker

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As many people may know, in 2016 sixteen students from St.Leonard's in Durham, including myself, are taking part in an incredible research project in the Mayan Jungle in Mexico. This dense jungle is the largest expanse of tropical forest outside of the Amazon. In addition to a large collection of Ancient Mayan ruins, the Selva Maya is one of the largest remaining strongholds of endangered mammals such as jaguar and tapir. The data which us students collect will be used to apply for long-term funding to protect the Calakmul forests and wildlife from deforestation and hunting. In the second week of the Expedition we will be in the marine research site operated by Operation Wallacea in Akumal or Xpu Ha. During this week we will be completing dive training (and will get our PADI diving certificate) but we will also contribute to some ongoing data collection. During in-water practicals we will assist with abundance surveys of lion fish (and invasive species) and sea urchins (important grazers that maintain coral health). In our spare time we will also be helping to measure the distribution and annual abundance of turtle nesting sites. I'm sure you can appreciate that this once in a lifetime opportunity will cost money, which is why from July 2015 to July 2016 I will be fundraising £3000 to cover all of the costs of the trip. During this time I will be doing lots of different events such as a sponsored walk, a mexican themed party, bake sales, charity evenings, car boot sales and many more! I will keep everyone updated via Facebook and in person as to what I'm doing to fundraise and to invite you all to the fun events myself and the other students will be holding! If anyone would like to donate anything towards the Expedition I am going on I would hugely appreciate it. When doing this through 'Easy Fundraising' you don't actually have to donate anything at all. If you do your online shopping through Easy Fundraising I will receive a % of what you spend. For example if you buy a TV from John Lewis for £1000 I would receive £20! And the best part is it doesn't cost you anything. Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to updating you on my fundraising journey! If anyone would like any help to download the 'Easy Fundraising' app onto their phones, or to get reminders on their computer when they are buying from a shop which is collaborated with Easy Fundraising don't hesitate to ask me! :) Thank you for your time and I look forward to letting you know how I get on fundraising over the course of the year. :)

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