Update: Local author Brenda Peterson will join in the fun with a book signing! Her endearing book about the Southern Resident orcas, Wild Orca, is written for young children. Saturday, 2/23/19 from 10 am to noon, book reading is at 10:30. (Direct donation link).
A picture book homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca, who lived to be 105 years old!
For animal lovers and future environmentalists.
“Will Granny and her family come again this year?” Dark fins slice through whitecaps, heading straight toward shore.
Told from the perspective of young Mia and her family on a whale-watching excursion in the San Juan Islands, here is a moving homage to Granny, the world’s oldest known orca. This intimate and informative story celebrates the importance of respecting and protecting wildlife. It also sheds light on communication and family connections in both human and orca communities, all while answering essential questions about how these intelligent animals live.
It takes a certain kind of person to make a difference in the world, and when that person is a five-year-old who just wants to help save the endangered Southern Resident orcas, we can’t help but to be both touched and inspired. When her mom asked five-year-old Meri why she wanted to have a party to raise money for whales, she said “I want to help the orcas because they are endangered. People like parties so I thought I could tell more people about whales by getting them to come to a party.”
Meri’s mother also shared that “she has a Give Jar that she puts 25 cents in each week from her allowance. She wants to donate the $12 she has saved this past year and thought other kids might also be interested in doing the same thing.”
This little orca-lover’s fundraiser includes a bake sale, dancing, and the book reading, to benefit the Center for Whale Research’s efforts to save the whales.
It’s going to take all of us working together doing what we can to change the downward trajectory of these beloved whales. While it is the adults who face tough decisions and must attempt to reconcile complex issues, it is our children and grandchildren who will have to live with the consequences of inaction.
The kids seem to understand this, and with the support of their families and communities they just may be ones to turn back the tides of extinction.
The event will take place on Saturday, February 23rd in Seattle’s Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, not far from Greenlake and the University of Washington, with easy access from I5 (please see map below).
“It’s really inspiring to see young people display such passion for helping the orcas, said the Center’s Katie Jones. “We deeply appreciate the support to help continue our work and are grateful for Meri’s commitment to the whales. Thank you so much, Meri!”
If you can’t make the event but still wish to donate, please go to Meri’s donation page.