Monday, November 21, 2005

And the Winner is ...

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THE RECIPIENT OF THE HAPPY HIPPY HERO'S AWARD 2005 is
Detta van Aardt-Buch
Founder of W.O.R.C., the Wildlife Orphanage & Rehabilitation Centre (Trinidad & Tobago) .
Admired and rewarded for her selfless dedication to the cause of caring for and rehabilitating wildlife in Trinidad & Tobago.
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A proud Detta with one of her patients
Happy Hippy Productions is proud to present Detta with a donation towards W.O.R.C. and a commemorative item to honour the occasion.
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Elspeth Duncan, Happy Hippy Productions, presents Detta Buch with a H.H.P. cheque for W.O.R.C.
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Click on that link to read more about the origins of the trophy and the $10 concept.
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The name Detta Buch has become virtually synonymous with the cause of rehabilitating wildlife in Trinidad & Tobago. If you have ever found an injured wild animal, you have more than likely been referred to "Detta". Her name is a salve for the wild and wounded.
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Rather than write about the recipient of the first annual Happy Hippy Hero Award, I decided to ask her a few questions so that she could represent herself and her thoughts in her own words. Click here to read the full interview with Detta. A must-read for anyone interested in wildlife rehabilitation and/or willing to assist W.O.R.C. (financially or otherwise), with their much needed work.
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An excerpt: Detta's answer to Question #8:
E: What is your greatest joy in this work?

Detta: Being able to release a healthy animal into its own environment, after an illness or injury is a profoundly satisfying and humbling experience. It makes one appreciate the grander picture and raises ones spirits above the disappointments and let-downs. The other unique feature of the work is becoming intimate with each patient and discovering the rich emotional landscape of its personality and species. I have learned more from the cases I’ve treated than I could articulate in common language. It is translated in the way I approach other cases and has influenced the way I engage people.
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Detta poses with the piggy bank trophy, which she says will accompany her to conferences at home and abroad, where it will sit on a table and gather funds for W.O.R.C.
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Click here to see more photos from yesterday's prize giving (complete with a brief written commentary for each photo so you will understand the story behind it)
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Click here to visit the W.O.R.C. website which, although still a work in progress, is quite informative.
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Cash/cheque donations may be made to the Wildlife Orphanage & Rehabilitation Centre,
Account # 901 101 100 5 at any branch of RBTT, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. Donations go towards food bills, medical and repair equipment and infrastructure.

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Image shows prayer written on right side of piggy bank trophy.
Interested in helping/volunteering in some way... or want more information?
Drop Detta a note or letter or call her at (868) 637-3842.
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In closing ... congratulations, Detta! May you be blessed with continued health, strength, guidance and assistance in following your calling.
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TOMORROW: THE OSPREY'S LOG
(Notes on the healing journey of an Osprey brought in with gun shot wounds - inclusive of photos.)
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Elspeth

4 Comments:

Blogger Kaivalya said...

This is a lovely gesture and greatly deserved by Detta. One only has to see the photos on her website to understand that these creatures are like family to her. Her work reflects the best of human goodness, recognising the beauty and potential - and the divine spirit - in all creatures. I hope your readers will respond with a donation - I'm sure even small amounts will go far to help in this work...

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Malik said...

Keep up the Good Work!

BLESS UP
malik31st@yahoo.com

3:11 PM  
Blogger Esmeralda said...

Wisely chosen and richly deserved. Congratulations to both the winner and the doner--to the winner for her selfless dedication and wonderful work; to the donor for having the insight to recognise this work.

May blessings rain on you both.
dunks@hickorytech.net

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary S
A wonderful choice. Detta deserves much praise for her selfless devotion to the creatures so many ignore. I sincerely hope that she will get the response she deserves with many donations.

10:09 PM  

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