We’re contacted every week by people interested in helping us in our mission to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals. Alongside becoming a member with OneKind a lot of our supporters want to help our cause by volunteering in their spare time. We appreciate that not everybody feels comfortable with face-to-face public events and, as a result, we always have other way for volunteers to get involved. Our social media volunteer Gertie was kind enough to write a little about how she get involved and makes a difference to OneKind …
Hi! My name is Gertie and I’m studying veterinary medicine here in Edinburgh. I began volunteering with OneKind back in September. Having admired their incredible work from afar over the past couple of years, I was absolutely thrilled to get involved myself.
I joined the social media team and it has been fantastic! My first blog post discussed the art and inspiration behind Romain Pizzi’s wooden sculptures that he generously submitted for OneKind’s Art for Animal’s exhibition back in October. Romain is a globally renowned wildlife vet. He uses wood cut and wood engravings to commemorate individual animals he has treated, often carving their shape with his surgical instruments and scalpels.
Next up, I joined the OneKind team at the ‘Revive‘ launch in Edinburgh, where naturalist & conservationist extraordinaire Chris Packham was the keynote speaker. Revive is a coalition working to reform Scotland’s grouse moors. Occupying such vast swathes of the country, the grouse faction are a tough group to dethrone. However, being amongst a hundred people willing to give it their best shot for the sake of wildlife was inspiring.
My most recent blog explored the use of palm oil in Lush products. I spoke to Edinburgh Store Supervisor, Emma, who described the companies long running efforts to ditch palm oil and create wholly sustainable products for the high street, without compromising on any of their other ethics, such as animal testing.
I love being part of a group that works so valiantly to protect Scottish wildlife, livestock and pets, and can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!”