Anyway, yesterday I attended the stroll. It really wasn't a walk but more of a scavenger hunt that covered the entire zoo grounds. I haven't been to the zoo in decades. Lots of new exhibits/animals. Much updated from when I last was there (in the 80s?). Not sure I am a big fan any more of seeing such majestic animals in cages/enclosures, even if they have been recreated to mimic their natural settings. I do think that the caretakers (zookeepers) have done a good job of trying to care for the animals and I think it provides a lot of people/children the opportunity of seeing animals up close that they may never see again in their lifetime. I would note that (IMHO), touring the zoo is not as much fun without kids. You really need to have some young kids in tow to share in the experience. Maybe it has to do with seeing things through the eyes of a child to make you appreciate them more.
18 April 2010
Walking with a purpose
I mentioned a while back that I support a few causes. Cancer. MS. Lukemia. Golden Dogs. Yesterday it was Epilepsy. Once a year the Epilepsy Foundation holds various walks/strolls nationwide as a fundraiser. Yesterday the Houston Chapter held its annual Stroll for Epilepsy at the Houston Zoo. Since my company's primary focus is the treatment of Epilepsy, we are heavy supporters of the foundation. Throughout the year, we hold a variety of fundraisers and events to collect donations culminating in one check presented at the stroll. This year, the company was able to pony up $62k in donations helping the foundation reach it's goal. I wholeheartedly support the organization & the company's efforts because I believe in their mission to help people afflicted with Epilepsy. I have a connection with this from my son's earlier brush with seizures many years ago (outgrown them now), so, to me, it is somewhat personal.