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Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Fundraiser:

Grey Glacier Quebrada Suspension Bridge

Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Photo
Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Photo
Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Photo
Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Photo
Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Photo
Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc.'s Photo
 

Conservation Volunteers International Program, Inc. via Crowdrise
January 19, 2011

We are so grateful that the Tourism Cares Foundation approved our grant request for this project. Thank you Tourism Cares!  See more

THE STORY:

WHAT IS THIS FUNDRAISER FOR? Conservation VIP is raising money for a pedestrian suspension bridge across a deep gorge (a "Quebrada") on "the Circuit", which is the major hiking trail in Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile. From the bridge you would get a view of Grey Glacier like the one shown in the picture.

DOES TORRES DEL PAINE MATTER? YES! Torres del Paine has been designated as a Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO because of its exceptional ecological significance. The dramatic granite mountain spires, the spectacular glaciers, and the haunting winds draw tourists from around the world. The park is home to the guanaco (more than you can count), the Andean condor, the endangered huemul, and the elusive puma. We could go on and on, but there is not enough space here.

WHY THE PARK NEEDS OUR HELP: As ecotourism has become increasingly popular, the Park has experienced a surge in foreign tourists, who have severely strained the Park's natural resources. Stream crossings pose a big problem, but it costs money to build bridges, and the Park simply does not have the money.

WHAT CONSERVATION VIP HAS DONE SO FAR: Richard Braunlich, who is a Conservation VIP volunteer, a structural engineer, and a hiking enthusiast (his motto is "Hike or Die"), has volunteered hundreds of hours to help the Park assess its existing trail bridges and water crossings without bridges. He completed the site survey and prepared detailed designs for this bridge, which is high on the Park's list of urgent needs. Conservation VIP applied for a grant to help fund construction of the bridge, and Tourism Cares Foundation approved a $7,500 grant for the project. This fundraiser is to supplement that grant money.

MORE ABOUT THE BRIDGE: This bridge will greatly improve the safety for hikers (check out the pictures) as well as for the Park's rangers who have to re-establish a hiking trail through the gorge each year after the snow melts. Because the bridge will offer a fantastic view of Grey Glacier, the bridge will encourage more vistors to explore this section of the Park, relieving some of the overcrowding in other areas of the Park.

MORE ON CONSERVATION VIP: Conservation VIP is a U.S.-based nonprofit. Click on the link above to learn more.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,925

MONEY RAISED
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  • Chris Braunlich

    $100

  • david and anneke dury

    $1,000

  • Helen McGrane

    $50

  • eliot & tina scull

    $500

  • Connie McGrane

    $100

  • Tim Wong

    $50

  • Don Rankine & Carolyn Braunlich

    $250

  • Stephen & Jean Koch

    $50

  • Sam Jamke

    $100

  • Bonnie Sun

    $100

  • Virginia Anderson

    $100

  • Ellen Shields

    $100

  • Ann and Dick McGrane

    $50

  • Bob Hearn

    $125

  • Bill and Cynthia Agee

    $100

  • Jim Roberton

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

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84% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $2,925 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Bob Hearn

Bob Hearn

DONATION: $125

6 years ago

Bill and Cynthia Agee

Bill and Cynthia Agee

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Jim Roberton

Jim Roberton

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Ann and Dick McGrane

Ann and Dick McGrane

DONATION: $50

6 years ago

Ellen Shields

Ellen Shields

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Virginia Anderson

Virginia Anderson

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Bonnie Sun

Bonnie Sun

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Sam Jamke

Sam Jamke

DONATION: $100

6 years ago

Stephen & Jean Koch

Stephen & Jean Koch

DONATION: $50

Good Luck to Richard & Chris. I WILL be in touch. Steve 6 years ago