Pops for Penguins Event: You can help!

(Asheville, NC) – In June, a Pops for Penguins fundraiser will compliment the completion of the school year for the Third Grade Penguins at Rainbow Mountain Childrenʼs School. The fundraiser is organized by Dulcita Love who met Gabriella Oviedo, owner of King of Pops handcrafted popsicles at the 8th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival in May. The creative flavors on the street menu were eye-catching and one taste was enough to ask for Gabriellaʼs card.

Photo © Herma Van Gerner

The Third Grade Penguins will celebrate their final week in school with a yearend picnic. The idea of bringing the King of Pops cart seemed like the perfect addition to a picnic event in June.

In honor of the Penguins, Dulcita began researching about Penguin rescue. She was surprised to learn that 40% of the worldʼs penguin population is comprised of Rockhopper penguins and of that 40%, the largest population of Rockhoppers were exposed to an oil spill in March 2011.

Dulcita emailed Sandra Birnhak, Director of the Foundation for Antarctic Research, who is organizing fundraising efforts to assist in cleaning oil from Rockhoppers and study the impact of the oil on the Rockhopper population.

Sandra quickly responded “We are raising money for the Rockhopper counts in August when they return for the breeding season. The oil spill has no doubt put them near the top of the endangered species list. We have Rockhopper Pins that might help with your fundraising. Thanks so much for thinking of us. I’m copying a few of our advisors – an idea they might be interested in for school children.”

For every popsicle sold for the Third Grade Penguins year-end picnic, Dulcita Love Consulting will contribute $1 toward Pops for Penguins. Even before learning about the Rockhoppers life-threatening encounter with an oil-spill, a stuffed toy Rockhopper named “Rockhopper” has had a special place in Dulcitaʼs home.

To contribute toward Pops for Penguins in honor of the Third Grade Penguins graduation, visit:

http://www.crowdrise.com/CATASTROPHICOILSPILL-TRISTAN/fundraiser/

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