Azle, Texas (June 7, 2011) – Alex Rines and Vinnie Christiano, best friends and fifth graders at Lindbergh Elementary in Kenmore, NY, have led an effort to raise $500 for elephant conservation.
The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) today announced that matching funds that will increase this contribution at least tenfold are pouring in. The final tally will be announced on Wednesday, June 8th at 2:15 EST, when the fifth graders of Lindbergh Elementary will present their donation via Skype to IEF board member Daryl Hoffman and his elephant staff of the Houston Zoo.
“We are very proud of our boys for leading this fundraiser for a cause so worthy and we believe in as moms! It’s an honor to know our children care about things other than the TV, hand held video games, and such. They definitely know there are people, places and animals that need help and they are determined to make a difference!” said Denise Rines.
“Through bake sales and other activities and with their classmates this has become a big effort in their school, and their fifth grade teacher would like this to be a learning experience about conservation and philanthropy that these kids can carry on to adulthood.”
In partnership with the International Elephant Foundation, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to funding elephant conservation and research programs around the world, Alex, Vinnie and their fellow students decided their contribution could do the most good by supporting research into Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).
“We are so impressed with Alex and Vinnie,” said International Elephant Foundation (IEF) Executive Director Deborah Olson. “Elephants need people to help them, and these boys deserve recognition for their efforts.”