My daughter loves animals. She reads about them, has animal toys, and enjoys visits to the zoo. But like most young kids, that is as far as it goes. The organization we profile today was started by two young kids that took their passion about animals to another level.
Carter (age 9.5) and his sister Olivia (age 8) are so passionate about wanting to make a difference that they started their own organization called One More Generation (OMG).
The two students have been adopting Cheetahs through the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre in South Africa for years. In the fall of 2009, the kids asked why some animals needed adopting, and they learned that there might not be any Cheetahs left in the wild by the time they had their own kids. Well that was all it took for these two kids to spring into action. They started the One More Generation organization in late 2009.
Since starting OMG, Carter and Olivia have been involved in numerous initiatives both locally and globally.
- The pair took a trip to the Gulf where they delivered badly needed Animal Rescue Supplies to the Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Center in New Orleans. You can read all about the trip and even watch a video on their website.
- They are working with the State Legislature of Georgia to change the legislative language in current law to help stop Rattlesnake Roundups in their state.
- They are working to raise $50,000 for a Cheetah Rescue program in South Africa run by the Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Center.
- They are working with various organizations to help raise awareness to the plight of the many endangered species around the globe including an educational program that they present to the visitors of the Atlanta Zoo, The Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, The Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Cochran Mill Nature Center.
- They recently hosted a “water event” where they discussed the importance of water on all living things. They also partnered with the Ryan’s Well, an organization that helps build water wells for poor villages around the world to ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water.
Carter and Olivia have also received great recognition for their work. They recently won the Grand Prize in a Nestles Heroes Contest, they were honored as guest speakers at Kids Are Heroes Day 2010, and they were just invited to be guest speakers at the Caring for Creation 2011 Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
You can help the OMG Foundation by making a donation on the donation page of their website. You can also support them by making a purchase of a mug or shirt from their online store. In addition, you can help spread the word about their efforts by sharing this post (click here to tweet this post).
I have listed just some of Carter and Olivia’s recent accomplishments here, but you can learn more on the OMG Foundation website or by reading their profile on the Kids Are Heroes website. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.