The Edge Pledge is a challenge-based fundraising platform to help
endangered wildlife. And if conducting guided tours of the National
Environment Centre's teaching farm dressed as a squirrel glider will
help the cause, then Rob Fenton will do it.
The TAFE head teacher of Production admits that the outfit will
probably be a bit on the warm side for his hour-long tours. Especially
on a hot November day. But if it raises money for endangered species
like the squirrel glider, he considers his temporary discomfort a
small price to pay.
The TAFE-owned and operated National Environment Centre is in
Thurgoona, just outside of Albury in the state's south. On 19
November, the Centre's on-premises teaching farm, Green Gate Organic
Farm, will be throwing open its gates to the public to give curious
locals a chance to see how a true certified organic farm operates.
Rob's costumed tours will be just one attraction. Also on offer will
be a two-hour soil workshop, a farmers' grill and the Green Gate Shop
selling organic goodies like meat, eggs and vegetables.
"There is no other farm like this around and students come from
all over the world to learn here," Maria Bertoncini, Education
Support Officer told the Border Mail.
The Edge Pledge is the brainchild of local environmental scientist,
Sam Marwood. He launched the initiative three months ago in a bid to
raise funds for conservation projects.
Rob Fenton told the Border Mail that the Albury area has its
fair share of endangered species. "We've focused on squirrel
gliders primarily because if you protect them you protect a lot of
other species."But who knows - maybe the allure of that giant
squirrel glider costume also played a role in the decision.