A bushfire is raging in central New South Wales. The scene is catastrophic. A resident, Toni Doherty, is fleeing the scene and spots a koala crossing the road, heading directly into the flames.
“He just went straight into the flames, and I just jumped out of the car and went straight to him.”
(SBS News 2019)
In the shocking footage, we see her remove her shirt and, to save him from being burnt to death, wraps it around the animal before dousing the bear in water. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has now treated this Koala, while being inundated with so many more animals affected by the bushfires, who cannot yet safely return to their natural habitats. Heroic acts like this have attracted much praise from around the world. However, this can put people in harm’s way and there are other, safer approaches to better handle this escalating situation.
This current bushfire season is still fairly nascent. Frighteningly, the statistics show that the impact of the fires have already been more disastrous than any before it. Imagine your average cricket oval… Now imagine 3 of them… Now imagine 15 million of them. That’s the equivalent of approximately 18.6 million hectares of land throughout the whole of Australia, which has been destroyed. According to Chris Dickman, an ecology expert from the University of Sydney, over 1 billion mammals, birds and reptiles in NSW alone have perished: If every animal was the size of a grain of rice, 100,000 cups would represent the amount of animals that have tragically died. Even if the current animals survive the bushfires, they are still in imminent danger from post-fires shortages of food and shelter.
Funding to help prevent further loss and extinction of our wildlife is needed more than ever, a matter of life and death for these animals who are being lost daily. If you are thinking of fundraising here are a few of our favourite ideas:,
Garage Sale -raise some money while decluttering your homes and send the money to Australia Wildlife Relief Fund
One Cent at a Time 2011
Bake sale-get busy in the kitchen with the kids, sell animal themed cakes, cookies, muffins etc. Donate what you’ve raised to WWF Australia
Black Velvet Sydney 2020
Get creative. Make you own paintings or clay pots of koalas or take photographs capturing the glorious kangaroos and wallabies in their natural habitat and sell them
Little Ink Empire 2020
Busking or setting up a concert with local bands whilst giving a shout out to those endangered species.
Sponsored 5K walk/run with Run Melbourne on 26th July 2020. Have runners wear t-shirts of animal charity web addresses that people can donate their money too such as Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
Raising Funding 2012
Asking your friends to take part in a fashion show. Organise this with your local school or community hall-Proceeds can go to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
Playing Oz tag- for every tag made, $2 can be donated to charity.
Host a pot luck dinner party and get your friends to donate-send money raised to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
However you choose to help, any efforts will be welcomed. The animals need your more now than ever!