Posted by Dave Collins on December 5, 2007, 4:31 pm, in reply to "Re: FUNDRAISER EVENT FOR CONSERVATION ON DEC. 16"
Thanks to all of you out there who are being so supportive of this effort to raise money for conservation. For those of you who have not yet purchased a ticket, I urge you to do so by Wednesday, Dec. 12 if possible so that we have a good idea of how much food to prepare. The last day to purchase tickets will be Saturday, Dec. 15, but again, the sooner you can do it, the better. |
I have received some real positive feedback from many folks and am grateful for that. I have also heard some other commments which I would like to respond to:
1. $500 pesos per ticket is too expensive!
Well, what can I say: they don´t call it a fundraiser for nothing, and there are expenses to cover. The idea is to raise money for projects that have an immediate and direct positive impact on our local environment. Besides it´s going to be a fun time, in a beautiful place with lots of good food and music. Your ticket includes one of the following dinner plates: Shrimp brochette or Filet of Sole with citrus papaya chipotle sauce. Both are served with rice and vegetables. As well, you get one free drink and dessert. Remember to check which dish you would like on your ticket stub!
2. Where does the money go?!
The majority of funds raised at this event will go toward La Manzanilla´s budding recycling program which has been self-sustainable for the last two years (after initial infrastructure was paid), has augmented the salaries of our trash collectors to the tune of $1K U.S., and has been responsible for recycling 22,000 lbs. of plastic generated in La Manzanilla.
But we still don´t have an official recycling center, and we need one, and that center needs some infrastructure. All this would allow it to hopefully expand into the recycling of paper, glass, and organic trash (e.g., a compost bin). There is a potential piece of land that has already been donated for the program, but there is still the infrastructure to cover. As well, some funds may go toward environmental education. The interpretive signs around the kiosk are in bad shape, which is not a good sign for one of La Manzanilla´s biggest draws: the mangrove and the crocs. Finally, I fear that there could soon be a serious crocodile accident, God forbid, around the lagoon mouth. There is a serious lack of signage in that area warning visitors to keep their dogs and kids away from the crocs.
Influential members of the Ejido and the Delegado will hopefully be present at the event so that you will have the opportunity to talk to them about such things. And the Vice President of Board of Directors of Tierralegre, Francisco de Silva, who is the Director of the University of Guadalajara Center for the Sustainable Development of Coastal Zones will also be present.
Please come out and show your support for this event, and buy your tickets sooner than later. Thank you!!!!
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