The money will be used to protect one endangered white lion but Ms Haynes’ efforts will be ongoing because the amount will cover the costs for only one year.
The 21-year-old has always had a passion for animals and a special desire for the conservation of big cat species.
‘I love going to the zoo, seeing all the animals and wanting to help them,’ she said.
Ms Haynes and her family have movie nights planned and will sell white lion plush toys to raise awareness for the cause, with the help of the Crawley Rotary Club.
Mother Angy Haynes said Stephanie had not let a mild learning disability stop her from tackling all challenges head on.
‘The experience is going to make her more worldly and give her such confidence,’ Mrs Haynes said. ‘It’s exciting to see her grow in this way.
‘Its not about her disability, it’s about her passion. Disability shouldn’t stop her from following her dreams.’
Support Stephanie’s Big Cat Conservation Quest at www.rotarycrawley.org.