World Turtle News, 01/02/2018
Canadian teen collects hundreds of dollars to help turtles in Mexico
For the last five years, an Edmonton-area teen has been collecting recyclables to help a turtle sanctuary in Mexico.
Max Blakely, 14, collects bottles from gas stations, schools, parks and other places to raise money for AMA Mexico (the Association for Environmental Unity in Mexico).
“I was coming up with ways to donate some money and since I was only 10, the only way I could find a way is to collect bottles and donate all the money to the sanctuary,” he said.
Max now collects roughly $500 every year from bringing bottles to the recycling depot – money he donates to the turtle sanctuary during the family’s annual vacation to Mexico
“I feel good about it. I feel like I help them and helping the sanctuary makes me feel good because I’m helping the turtles,” he said.
The 14-year-old was recently awarded a certificate of appreciation from AMA Mexico for his work at the sanctuary. The teen said a typical day working with the sanctuary involves helping give educational talks about turtles to the public and helping release the turtles back into the water at night.
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