Local ranger to 'go green' for good cause
18 July 2016
Posted 18 July 2016.
Natural Resources SA Arid Land’s own Tony Magor is hoping to raise money for the Thin Green Line Foundation by dying his hair a vibrant green to mark World Ranger Day on 31 July.
Mr Magor has a fundraising target of $500 for the foundation, which helps support front-line conservation through anti-poaching training and equipment purchasing as well as supporting families left behind when park rangers are killed in the line of duty.
If he reaches his fundraising target, Mr Magor will reveal his new hairdo at a World Ranger Day BBQ at the Port Augusta Natural Resource Centre on 29 July.
“I’ve been a park ranger for 13 years, having worked in national parks in South Australia and the Northern Territory, and I want to contribute what I can to a cause that’s close to my heart,” Mr Magor said.
“When I was at the World Ranger Congress in Tanzania in 2013, I saw first-hand the Thin Green Line providing funds to the family of a dead ranger, and how as little as $500 can mean to them.
“I’m also a member of the SA Ranger Association and we try to raise as much as we can for the Thin Green Line. It’s a fantastic cause.”
Making the new shade happen will be a bit of a challenge, though.
“My hair is naturally dark, so I have to go blond first, and then green,” he said.
“This is no temporary wash out job - it will have to grow out.”
News of his plan has also reached Thin Green Line Foundation founder Sean Willmore, who has upped the stakes, saying that if Mr Magor can raise $5000, he will dye his hair green too – and shape it into a mohawk.
World Ranger Day commemorates rangers that have been killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the work all rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.