About the Pretty Foundation:
Empowering women and girls with the perspective, skills and support to develop and nurture a positive body image for themselves and others.
Libby was nominated by one of her followers- Judy. It was an honour for Libby to be chosen as the winner of the Pretty Pioneering Award.
Read about her entry HERE
A thank you from Libby-
I would like to thank the Pretty Foundation for choosing me for the “Pretty Pioneering” award and recognising my work. I’d like to congratulate all the other amazing and inspiring award winners in their categories. It was a fantastic night.
I’d really like to thank Judy who nominated me and for helping support my cause. Without wonderful people like Judy supporting my work I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. I don’t do any of this work for awards but when I am lucky enough to have my cause recognised, I use the opportunity to share my work and the plight of our koalas and wildlife with others.
Koalas are my passion as is all wildlife but koalas especially need us with habitat destruction being a major threat. In New South Wales and Queensland, koalas could be extinct in the wild by 2050 if we don’t start doing something. if we don’t start helping to save our Victorian koalas, we could lose them all as well in years to come.
At the moment I am spreading awareness that koalas need us. Victorian koalas are suffering due to Sarcoptic mange in the north and habitat loss (and its ripple effects) everywhere else. Our koalas have no government protection, so I do what I can to spread the message that they need help.
At the end of a market day I don’t think about how much money i have raised but I reflect on how many people I spoke to and how many people I taught something new to or inspire, because at the end of the day it’s our voices that are going to help our wildlife the most. I try to show kids that you don’t have to be an adult to do something.
I’d like to thank all of my followers and my community because they all encourage me to do what I do. They have all helped so much from whether it be donating money or linen or just motivating me with their encouraging words and messages. Together we are doing amazing things for our wildlife.
As we celebrate international women’s day today and with these awards, I would like to thank the women in my life that have supported and inspire me. There are lots of people that i have in my life but I have three that I would like to mention today.
Kylee (from Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter) Janet (from Macarthur) and Krysti (from Rescue Rehabilitate Release). They are my biggest supporters, my biggest cheerleaders and inspire me. They share their stories with me, have opened up their lives to me, have shared their passions, have encouraged me and inspired me to use my voice to inspire others and help our wildlife.
Finally, I would like to also thank the people who have supported me since the day one They are my biggest supporters, who have given up so much of their time to support me through everything. They have given me the best opportunities in life and I am so thankful for everything that they have done for me. They are my family. The have encouraged me to follow my passion, be a leader and to inspire others by the work that I do.
None of the work I do would be possible if it wasn’t for my followers, those that I meet in the wildlife world, my mentors and my family. Thank you to everyone who has helped spread my message that
No voice it too little,
no hands are too small,
to help save our wildlife.
because it is our voices, passion and motivation that will save them.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!