|Volunteers help put up fences around the sanctuary © C. Jameson
‘We could never have done this work without volunteer support’ said Terence Vel afterwards. ‘They’ve done a really good job, and worked hard to get the job done’.
‘It’s important to the US Navy to carry out volunteer projects like this’, said Chaplain Rinaldi. ‘The great thing about jobs like this one is we get to complete it in the time available. It gives everyone in our team a sense of satisfaction to see a job well done, and to know we are putting something in place that will benefit the people and conservation of a place as beautiful as the Seychelles.’
‘I’ve been involved in community projects in different parts of the world’ said volunteer Rich Neuer. Like many of his crewmates he welcomes the chance to get onshore and do something of benefit to communities in different countries. ‘It’s good for our team spirit and camaraderie, and that’s important to us. It’s also nice to see a different kind of environment, and the different wildlife you find in it.’
‘We would like to find other volunteer teams to help us complete the fencing and other habitat management tasks in the Sanctuary’, said Terence Vel. ‘It is true as we have seen today that many hands make light work, and the Sanctuary will be a real asset to Seychelles wildlife and tourism if we can realise its full potential.’
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