Courtesy of Shaye Chirotarrab
Uma Chirotarrab, fourth from left, held her third annual elephant fundraiser in front of Sethi in 2017. Uma will be handing out cookies and accepting donations again on Monday.
UPDATE: Postponed! Uma and her friends will not be downtown on Nov. 21 because of the poor air quality. She is planning to hold the fundraiser on Dec. 16.
Uma Chirotarrab, a seventh-grader at Egan Junior High School, is an elephant lover through and through. She has eight stuffed elephant friends in her bed to prove it, but she’s also been raising money for elephant conservation since her second-grade birthday party.
She learned that elephants were being harmed for their tusks and decided that instead of presents, she wanted donations for Tusk, an organization that supports conservation in Africa. Four years ago, she went to her mom and said, “We need to do more. It’s not enough.”