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Local Chemist Forgoes Mindless Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4 September 2007

Local Chemist Forgoes Mindless Holiday to Help Protect Lions in South Africa

At 9pm on Tuesday, September 18, a rollicking table quiz will be held at the ShowBoat Bar, The Glenn, in Waterford. Local woman Lyndsey Power, who will be volunteering two weeks of her time this October at a Lion Park in South Africa, is hosting the event.

As a busy analytical chemist at a major pharmaceutical company in Waterford, Lyndsey spends most of her time indoors performing quality testing in a laboratory with no windows. Because of her predominately indoor lifestyle, Lyndsey notes that the prospect of some physical work in the South African sun is definitely welcome: “I am looking forward to getting the chance to work outside, amongst nature …” She adds, “I have never done any thing like this before and I am excited at the thought of the experience that I have before me.”

The South African Lion Park, where Lyndsey will be volunteering, is one of the longest-running parks in the country. Specialising in the care of some of the country’s largest predators, including the rare white lion, the park aims to educate the general public about Africa's indigenous animals by creating environments as close to their natural habitats as possible. While there, Lyndsey will be tasked with the necessary jobs of feeding, cleaning and exercising the animals everyday. In addition to these daily chores, Lyndsey will also be showing visitors around the centre and supervising school groups as they interact with the lion cubs. And in an effort to maintain the grounds of the 208-hectare park, Lyndsey will also be expected to do some general maintenance work around the centre and help with cleaning duties.

When asked what motivated her to sign up for the volunteer placement, the Waterford native replied, “I have always been a fond lover of animals; always watching nature programs, vet and RSPCA episodes, wishing I could do something like the people on these programmes. I’m [also] a very determined and hard-working person, so I believe I will be an important asset to this project.” She goes on to say, “I’m excited to get over to Africa, meet the animals and get stuck into my chores. After all, how better to see these magnificent animals than to live amongst them?”

Lyndsey’s volunteer placement has been organised by i-to-i, Ireland’s award-winning meaningful travel and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) training organisation. For further information on Lyndsey’s project, please contact i-to-i on 058 40050 or visit www.i-to-i.com.  i-to-i have over 500 volunteer projects in the areas of conservation, sports, building, community development and teaching in more than 30 countries. Anyone can volunteer with i-to-i project for as little as a week. 

Please get behind this inspirational Waterford woman and lend her your support by coming along to the table quiz she has organised for Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at 9pm. The event takes place in the ShowBoat Bar in Waterford City. Entry to the event is €20 per four-person team. With cash prizes, raffles and spot prizes to be awarded at the event, it is sure to be a fun and rewarding night for all involved!

For any additional details about the event, or to make a direct donation towards Lyndsey’s placement fee and other costs involved in her trip, please contact Lyndsey directly on: 086 1682682.

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For additional press-related information, please contact:

Megan E. Hogan
Marketing & Public Relations
T: ++353 (0)58 40050
F: ++353 (0)58 40059
megan.hogan@i-to-i.com