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Poles Apart

Not so long ago Professor Gumme from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station contacted us on rather urgent and important business…


He and his band of penguins needed support to save Planet Earth from the dangers of Peoplenotsmilingitus. At first we wondered what we could do to help but Professor Gumme pointed out that even the smallest pebble can start to change the flow of a mighty river!

Helen first met Professor Gumme and his penguins back in 2001 when she was travelling around Antarctica. She fell in love with the vast icy landscape and candy stripe South Pole that sits more than a mile and a half above sea level! She was amazed by the beauty of the land, and even more amazed by the close relationship between the scientists that study there and the Penguin community that help them in their quest to save the world. Earth is at serious risk of being destroyed by the terrible Peoplenotsmilingitus which is highly contagious. Every time a person is grumpy, rude or aggressive the air warms up a little and a bit more of the polar ice caps melt, putting the world at danger from rising sea levels. Thankfully Peoplenotsmilingitus is easily treated…

In 2016 the penguins were joined by a group of vegetarian polar bears from the Arctic Circle who were eager to share their experience of raising sea levels. Working together, Professor Gumme, the penguins and the bears have launched a plan to bring polar opposites together, increase awareness of happiness campaigns around the world and identify the root causes of peoplenotsmilingitus. This is an ongoing scheme and we can’t wait to see the results.

Helen Russell Creations has sworn to help Professor Gumme and the Penguins in their fight against the disease.

Helen Russell (creator, explorer, adventurer)

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