On Sept. 12 I gave my first speech at Ignite Charity. I didn't know how nervous I would be. I was. I knew that I wanted to talk about saving sharks and saving the oceans. I had to do it. There were so many people and cameras. I had to hold a mic. Did I mention all the people? Almost 300 people were watching me. I thought I memorized my whole speech. I knew that I could do it in my sleep, but when I saw all those people, it was as if my brain froze a little. Everyone cheered me on when I forgot a line. They were so nice. They wanted to help and so I kept going. My 20 slides that changed every 15 seconds went so fast. I couldn't keep up, but it didn't matter. People listened anyway. I hope I got my message out.
Here is my message: Hi my name is Maddie. I am 9 years old and I am an activist and an Ocean Warrior. We all need to try every day to do what we can to save our oceans because with every breath we take, with every drop of water we drink, we are connected to the oceans. We are harming marine life with overfishing, shark finning and pollution.
EVERYONE can make a difference if we just try. Please try. Help save our beautiful planet, our magical oceans and sharks that I love.
I am Maddie, I am an activist and an Ocean Warrior. You can be one too.
Please help AfriOceans and my hero Lesley Rochat do what they can to save our sharks. Help Oceana save our oceans and help National Geographic teach kids like me about our planet and all the animals in it.
9/18/2012 04:17:36 pm
Dear Maddie, I am so proud of you! I'm sure no matter how nervous you were or any of the lines you forgot, people listened and you got your important message ou - a lovely speech!.
9/18/2012 05:28:17 pm
WOW Maddie! You're an inspiration to all of us adults! Keep the passion going young warrior! WE LOVE YOU!
9/18/2012 05:58:27 pm
The world needs more brave souls like you Maddie. Love you sweetheart! With much love from Rachel in South Africa! Sharks are so very very important and they need our voice <3
9/18/2012 11:59:53 pm
Congratulations on a wonderful speech, Maddie. You were so brave to get up in front of all those people and tell them your message!
9/21/2012 01:30:08 am
Great job Maddie!
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"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732