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These Junior Environmentalists and Conservationists (JEACs) raised $660 for WWF!

Amelia Lionheart’s children’s book series, known by fans as The JEACs (Junior Environmentalists and Conservationists) books, is about a group of children that cross continents to solve mysteries and protect the wildlife at the centre of those mysteries. Who is killing peacocks in India for their feathers? Why is a marine conservation in Australia being sabotaged? The JEACs are determined to find out and educate young readers about the importance of species conservation efforts at the same time.

In writing these books, Amelia hoped that a reader might be inspired to start their own JEACs group — and in May 2012 that wish came true. There are now three JEACs groups in the Calgary area, all of which Amelia mentors personally.

© Amaris Cook

© Amaris Cook

The 8- and 9-year-old leaders of the newest group, Sorena and Corben, with the help of their families, fellow JEACs, and Amelia, raised $660 for WWF-Canada through a bake and craft sale at their school recently. They registered their fundraiser through WWF’s Community Panda program. Community Panda events are a lot of fun, and the money they raise supports WWF’s efforts to protect wildlife and wild places.

When asked what their favourite part of the fundraiser was, both kids answered with an enthusiastic, “everything!” The group, which includes eight other kids, meets twice a week during the school year to talk about “future fundraising plans” and animals. Their next fundraiser will benefit the Calgary Zoo, to help the zoo’s flood clean-up efforts.

Despite their young ages, Sorena and Corben have been WWF supporters for a number of years already. Sorena adopted a tiger when she was six and Corben regularly donates his birthday money to WWF instead of buying presents.

Thanks so much to these JEACs, their families, and Amelia for helping us to protect species at risk!

If you’re interested in learning more about the books and starting your own JEACs group, please visit Amelia’s website. WWF has not read the series and cannot endorse the content, but we do support the author’s endeavor to educate children about conservation issues.