A Newquay zoologist is channeling his inner ‘hero turtle’ to help raise money for a notable reptile and amphibian conservation charity.
Dr Stephen Green, who lectures on the Zoology degree courses at Cornwall College Newquay, will be running the London Marathon in fancy dress later this year to raise money for Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC).
ARC is a charity dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, a cause that is close to Stephen’s heart.
“Much of my adult life has been dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, so it seems obvious to me why I should be running the London Marathon to raise money for ARC,” he explained.
“They do some amazing work championing our often neglected amphibian and reptile species and I’m proud to support them.”
Around a third of the world’s amphibian species are either threatened or already extinct, according to the Global Amphibian Assessment.
At least 42% of all remaining species are declining, indicating that the number of threatened species can be expected to rise in the future. The Global Reptile Assessment is showing much the same trend, with a fifth of all reptile species threatened with extinction.
“Urgent action is needed and the fantastic work that ARC are doing is helping to turn the tide on these declines,” Stephen continued.
“Without increased efforts and interventions on our part, opportunities for future generations to encounter wild amphibians and reptiles are being lost.
“By donating to my cause you can help us to safeguard our native amphibians and reptiles and ensure future generations inherit a better future full of wonder and optimism.”
On 28th April, Stephen will be joining thousands of other people all running to raise money for various charities. Whilst many charities may have multiple runners fundraising for them, Stephen is the only official runner for ARC this year.
ARC Fundraiser Atul Srivastava is “delighted that Stephen is showing such dedication to raising money for our charity”.
“If he manages to raise or exceed the target of £2,000 it will be a major boost to all who benefit from ARC,” Atul continued.
“By sponsoring Stephen you will be helping not just amphibian and reptile species themselves, but also biodiversity as a whole, as well as people in terms of the health and educational benefits of conservation volunteering.
“Stephen now needs your help, either by making a donation on his Virgin Money Giving (VMG) webpage, or by sending the link to someone you know who might be able to contribute. Thank you.”
Stephen is also offering supporters the opportunity to vote for a costume for him to wear during the marathon.
Stephen said he has “a lot resting on my shoulders”.
“So to try to convince you to part with your hard-earned cash I will be running in fancy dress and you get to choose what I wear,” He explained.
“Take a look at the options on my donation page, the costume that gets the most votes and raises the most money is what I will be wearing on the day – so I will inevitably be wearing something quite silly.”
You can support Dr Green’s fundraising campaign for ARC and vote for your preferred costume via his Virgin Money Giving page www.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenGreen34
For more information on Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) please visit www.arc-trust.org