By Colleen Flanagan, Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News
A group of Maple Ridge students with a passion for animals are raising money to help conservation efforts around the world by painting pet portraits and selling animal-themed Christmas cards.
Lily Wang, a Grade 11 student at Westview Secondary, and four of her school friends, Sam Li, Xoë Koshlay, Ashmeet Panag, and Alex Dunbrack, form the Animal Aid and Welfare Club.
They have been working on painting pet and human portraits since the start of the school year in September.
They work off photographs and are raising money for International Animal Rescue, an animal protection and conservation non-profit based out of the United Kingdom.
Wang and the rest of the club chose the organization because they were impressed with the work they do around the world.