Why did you decide to participate in WWF’s Panda Paddle event?

I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. I’m fascinated by it, inspired by it, and happiest by it. But today, I’m terrified for it. Our oceans are in crisis: we’re polluting it with plastics, acidifying it, depleting its fisheries and our source of food. I’ve dedicated my career to environment work, but I can’t help but wonder if I’m doing enough. So when I saw a post about the Panda Paddle on Facebook, I jumped at the opportunity to participate.

 What connects you to our mission?

I’ve always felt connected to WWF as an organization. Every Christmas I adopt an animal for my nephews. I believe that non-profits have a tough job and a unique role to play in conservation, and I’ve always felt that WWF has kept its mission in sight and its integrity intact. Our planet is facing unprecedented changes and needs all hands on deck.

You’ve already raised more than $1,000 for WWF. Have you ever fundraised for us before?

This is my first fundraiser ever! I thought fundraising was going to be really hard, so I wanted to get a head start. I thought that if people donated I would feel more accountable to train for the event.

Originally posted 2018-08-14 12:00:00.

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