28 January 2015

Goodna's Isabel Dow is Ipswich Junior Citizen of the Year for her native wildlife work

WILDLIFE WARRIOR: Isabel Dow has been recognised
 her work as an advocate for Australia’s native wildlife.
Hopefully the turtles Ipswich student Isabel Dow has chosen to help have some idea how lucky they are to have her in their corner.

Named Ipswich's 2015 Junior Citizen of the Year, her commendation said Isabel was a shining example of what passion and commitment can achieve when you love something enough and have the courage and conviction to follow your dreams.

Learning about the plight of sea turtles three years ago set the Goodna 12-year-old on the path to becoming a staunch advocate for Australia's native wildlife.

"I am passionate about animals, in particular the sea turtle, and I want to do everything I can to help them," she said

She decided to raise funds and awareness for Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital by taking part in Bridge to Brisbane, collecting $400.

She also held three successful fundraising dinners in 2011, 2012 and last year, featuring Terri Irwin and other guest speakers.

Isabel has also taken part in other activities to gain sponsorship on behalf of the turtles, including superkids triathlons, zoo runs and readathons.

She also enlisted her fellow students at Camira State School and held a Khaki Day to instil a greater awareness of animal conversation among the students.

Remarkably, with the help of Terri Irwin, she also managed to get her favourite American singer Josh Groban to sponsor her for a superkids triathlon.

Last year, Isabel achieved her greatest dream so far with the release of turtle Gemma who had spent a year in the care of Australia Zoo's Wildlife Hospital.

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