On the agenda for the evening we have lots of great live music, poetry between sets, local art and other merchandise for sale, cheetah videos and slideshow, hors d'oeuvres and pizza by the slice (some gluten free options) available by donation, as well as a full coffee bar to help support the venue. Holy smokes! How can you pass that up?!
Musical Talents include: Outpouring Abby London Megan Larson Jake Hemming of Big Sur Eliza Palasz of Northwestern University's Undertones ...and seriously talented special guests!
Spoken Word by: Andy Rowland
Pre-sale tickets are available online for a $10 minimum donation, $15 minimum at the door. For more details and purchases, check out: http://ccfconcert.brownpapertickets.com
Doors are at 7:00, show starts at 7:30. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
NOTE: As of now, online donations are not possible towards the funding goal I need to meet, but general donations can be made on the CCF website, cheetah.org. I am working on setting up a system for donations, but just waiting to hear back from the national office.
A little background:
I have been accepted to intern at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia this summer and it is asked that I raise $500 for each week I will be there. For a 4 week internship, I will need about $2,000. Guest fees are a huge contribution toward CCF's annual budget, so I'd love to have public support for this portion of my overall trip costs. I am happy to spread awareness of this great organization!
This summer I had a chance to visit CCF for a grad school course and it was beyond amazing as a conservation organization! I wish that I could summarize in a few sentences how inspiring this place and these people are, but it would take me hours of explanation for you to begin to understand the depth and span of their work and devotion to our planet.
Dr. Laurie Marker, head of the organization, realized in the '70s that cheetahs play a vital role in the Namibian ecosystem and were primarily being killed by farmers, not hunters. Sure, there are other reasons for the cheetah's decline in population, but farmers take the cake on who/what is having the biggest impact. Since cheetahs are predators and farmers often own livestock, there seems to be a conflict of interest between the two. Injured or sick cheetahs find an easy meal that can't escape its fence and farmers lose thousands of dollars in profit all in one go. For this reason, Dr. Marker realized that simply telling the farmers not to shoot cheetahs was not going to be an effective plan, so she started to contemplate other options.
In the end, Laurie decided that providing guard dogs to farmers was a reasonable solution because cheetahs, like most predators, rely on the element of surprise. If the dog barks, the cat flees, saving livestock from an attack. It's a simple, yet highly effective solution! CCF has now placed hundreds of dogs with Namibian farmers, which begins with a puppy training day and includes a 3 month, 6 month and 12 month check-in on puppy behavior and human treatment of the dogs. If at any time they are not a good fit for one another, CCF will take the dog back.
The success of this program has led to many more efforts to save the cheetah over the years, including a model dairy farm (complete with trainings on how to make cheese), producing sustainable fuel logs (like duraflame) from an invasive tree species that is taking over the landscape, making wine, providing higher level education and jobs for local people, and now they are working on establishing a mobile medical/vet service for the nearby Herero people who were displaced from their land when it was turned into a National Park.
Needless to say, I think this is an organization worth supporting, which is why I am putting on this amazing event for all of you!
Hope to see you there!
Cheers, Rachel Rowland
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