Arizona Rose Votes Cliffs of Moher & Grand Canyon for New 7 Wonders of the World
Danielle McBurnett is doing her part to promote her home state of Arizona AND the country of her ancestry by voting for the Cliffs of Moher and the Grand Canyon for the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Danielle is among 32 finalist vying for this year’s Rose of Tralee title which will be awarded this Tuesday in Tralee, County Kerry. While representing Arizona, she made not one but two visits to the Cliffs of Moher. Danielle said, “I’m delighted to have the chance to see such a spectacular work of nature as the Cliffs of Moher. Both the Cliffs and the Grand Canyon, back home, truly deserve the description of ‘Natural Wonder’. I hope voters for the Grand Canyon also vote for the Cliffs and vice versa.”
Links between the Cliffs of Moher and Arizona are strong. Clare’s County town of Ennis has been a Sister City to Phoenix for 22 years. A further connection lies in the fact that the First Aid facility at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience named “Nicolas Room” has benefited from substantial fundraising by Phoenix couple Delia Garcia-Stokes & Kelly Stokes in memory of their newborn son Nicolas, whose brief life ended at the Cliffs of Moher in 2006.
Danielle, who works as a registered nurse at the Arizona State University Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens and Families, visited Nicolas Room in the visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in order to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. She admired the facility which is used to help hundreds of the almost one million visitors a year to the Cliffs of Moher and which is equipped to the level of a cardiac ambulance.
Her second visit was part of the Rose Tour when all 32 Roses were brought to visit a number of landmarks and key destinations in Ireland before arriving in Tralee. On the occasion of the Rose Tour visit many of Danielle’s fellow Roses also took the opportunity to vote for the Cliffs of Moher including New York Rose Katie Dunleavy, Texas Rose Adrienne Hussey, Washington Rose Katherine Walsh, Philadephia Rose Mairead Conley, as well as other Roses from North America, Ireland, Europe, Australia and around the globe.
The global online campaign runs until November 2011 and seeks to select seven of the 28 global finalists via popular vote to be crowned the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The original 440 candidates were reduced to 28 in July 2009 and the organizers, Swiss non-profit New 7 Wonders Foundation, expect to collect a total of one billion votes in the campaign overall.