April 2010 saw the reunion of two elders of the environmental movement. Dr. David Bellamy and June Haimoff, incredibly energetic eco-warriors, came together to commemorate the ‘Battle for Dalyan’ and reignite awareness for sea turtles and Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan in southwest Turkey.
A Gala Evening was held on Saturday 10th April to raise funds towards the establishment of the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation. It proved to be a successful evening, raising 6,000 Turkish Liras. The Foundation will be an enduring facility for raising revenue to enable educational opportunities for Turkish young people to attend University and study Environmental Sciences as well as raising funds for other environmental purposes. It will be overseen by the Pamukkale University with June being the Patron.
The guest of honour at the Gala Evening was the world famous environmentalist Professor Sir David Bellamy who in the 80’s supported June in her fight to keep this beach free of development and preserve the nesting grounds. Professor Bellamy attended the Gala Evening and enjoyed Breakfast on the Beach with Kaptan June and others the next day.