As a donor, my monthly financial contribution isn’t much but to make up for this, I started donating my time. OK fine, it’s an excuse to dive, but it is still volunteer work, nonetheless. Last year I helped in the clam seeding project with Anvaya Cove. Last month I participated in a media tour for Cebu Pacific’s ‘Bright Skies Program’ and documented Apo Reef. Tomorrow I pack my gear again to document the Crown of Thorns harvest at Pico de Loro, in Hamilo. The raw footage I take from my dives are all donated to the WWF marketing office, which they can use for presentations and for coral and fish identification. The latter also gave me the idea to upload raw footage of reef fish, turtles, eels, pelagics and more on YouTube — labeling them with the scientific name, description and short factoids, while tagging them with the names of the dive sites in the Philippines. It’s a great way to promote the local dive industry.
I dropped by the WWF Philippines office last week and lately, they’ve been trying to push for more donor volunteers for upcoming projects. It would be really great if all the thousands of donors all get to meet up and network. I don’t exactly know how, but the team did tell me that they have exciting things in store.
If you don’t know where to start, I’d recommend the WWF Philippines Facebook Page. Click on “Like” and join the tree hugging!