Eight-year-old Olivia Ries and her 10-year-old brother, Carter, have always had a passion for endangered animals. For the past few years, they have been adopting cheetahs through the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Rescue in South Africa. But it was two years ago that the kids asked their parents exactly why they were adopting the animals. When they learned that cheetahs are close to extinction, along with many other species, they sprang into action.
The two young eco-activists from Fayetteville, Ga., decided they wanted to commit to something to help all animal species avoid extinction. With the help of their parents, they founded a nonprofit group called One More Generation
OMG is an official organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. Since they founded OMG, Olivia and Carter have been working nonstop to achieve their goals, collecting and delivering supplies needed to help with the oil-soaked birds and animals affected by the BP oil spill, raising funds to help pay for security forces needed to protect the last remaining black rhinos, speaking at various venues to help spread the word to adults and kids alike about the need to protect all species, and meeting with their state representatives to discuss issues that affect endangered species. They are also working to raise $50,000 for for the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Rescue program.
Whew! That's an ambitious schedule for any organization, let alone one run by two kids who also have to juggle math assignments and after-school activities. Hats off to Olivia and Carter for all they are doing to protect endangered species.
Check out the One More Generation
website to learn more about what these two kids are doing and find out how you can support their efforts.