Little did I know on Saturday that this post –> An Open Letter to Families in Cape Breton and Beyond would be viewed 12, 446 as of this evening. WOW. Just, wow.
The whirlwind started for Matthew (and everyone out at Two Rivers) yesterday morning when Matthew, John and Jarrett were interviewed by The Cape Breton Post. Sharon spent a great deal of time with them taking amazing photos, learning about park life and getting to know Matt. She put together an incredible story that made the front page of today’s newspaper. –> See it here
The main purpose for me writing the blog was to raise awareness and to try to help Two Rivers Wildlife Park raise the funds they are so deserving of. This park is a treasure to Cape Breton Island and to everyone who is fortunate enough to visit our Fair Isle. The work done there is exemplary and the people who work there are nothing short of the best, as you’ve been able to see with all the media coverage the last couple of days.
I hoped a few hundred people might see my blog. I hoped to tug at a few heartstrings and I hoped to draw a few people to the park that perhaps had never had the opportunity to visit. And if one or two people thought enough of my story to make a donation then that would be the icing on the cake.
What I got was so much more. My blog was viewed around the globe. Social media exploded, and awareness was created. Awareness for a wonderful organization and awareness about autism. I received messages from animal lovers and from people who talked about loved ones living with autism. You have all opened up to me about two uniquely wonderful topics that deserve our attention.
Thank you for allowing our family to touch your lives, even for a brief moment. Thank you for understanding the importance of advocating for causes you believe in and thank you for letting our son’s love of animals and nature move you, if even in the smallest of ways.
As we all continue along on our roller coaster I have a new hope. I hope Two Rivers will find what they need to continue to prosper. There has to be someone out there who can help financially. If we could, we’d do it in a heartbeat. Instead, I’ll continue to spread the word the best way I know how. I know Matthew has thousands of hours left in him and I certainly wouldn’t dare want to take that away from him, his friends (coworkers) or the animals. How about you?
Until next time…