Sayo is Co-Founder and the other half of wild2free inc. kangaroo sanctuary that was based in Runnyford, Batemans Bay, NSW (https://wild2free.org.au/about/) until the currowan bushfire destroyed the property and the house Rae and Sayo lived in together on December 31. The two of them split up and Sayo had to leave the sanctuary without an amicable settlement last year before the fire happened. Since then he was denied access to anything regarding the sanctuary or information about the kangaroos that the both of them raised together and even with the fires raging, he wasn’t given updates on their kangaroos directly. Two help offers regarding treating burn victims and help with fire preparations (beginning of December and end of December) from his side were neglected by Rae.
Now with the fires raging in Batemans Bay Area, Rae is not the only one that has lost everything in this. The pair went through a fire four years ago - back then Sayo saved Rae’s life.
Now, Sayo has lost everything again. And is about to be forgotten after losing everything twice in a row.
But he hasn’t given up his dream and vision (the same that built wild2free) and while Rae uses the range of wild2free (which is also Sayo‘s achievement) to ask for donations to potentially rebuild (which is totally fine but only one side of the coin — by now she has raised more than 120.000 AuD so far), I am asking for help for Sayo.
He has nothing but hope and unlike Rae, no properties, no money in his private bank account, no real estate in Sydney. No support at all.
A court case is forced upon him by Rae. When Sayo left, he basically left with two bags and two pairs of shoes. Most of his money is spent on his lawyer. Since he left, Rae denies that Sayo is an equal part of this organization and denies him any acknowledgement for his achievements. Since we live in a world where money is a necessary thing to operate, he needs money to move on.
Sayo is too decent to ask for money for himself and doesn’t want to exploit the tragedy that came upon their kangaroos. He keeps his integrity by staying silent. He wants to move on, knowing that he now has nothing left and despite the huge pain and disappointment he had to endure. He wants to continue caring for wildlife because that’s what he dedicated his life to. He says that nothing else matters except for the animals. And there are more than enough animals in need — now and in the future.
So anyone that cares about the kangaroos of and about wild2free or the Australian Wildlife, please consider also a donation for this peaceful and gentle soul of a man named Sayo. Because „holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.“ He wants nothing more than looking forward and focus on a dream rather looking backwards and live in a nightmare. Help me building up and strengthen hope for this man.
Since it is wrong to think only of yourself (in this case me thinking of Sayo) I will also recommend two other organizations that are happy about donations and leave the choice to you (you could also split your donation):
Southern Cross Wildlife care (https://www.southerncrosswildlifecare.org.au/)
Updated on January 9: Right now, Rae damages wild2free‘s reputation by taking actions that can be described as unethical and she unnecessarily euthanized a kangaroo that - regarding to what is stated on the social media post about the health condition / the wounds of that kangaroo - could have survived and most likely been rehabilitated. So to say, this kangaroo survived the ranging fires but not his current carer, Rae Harvey. And Sayo learned about Bee‘s fate on social media since she refuses to talk to him - even within this tragedy. Bee wouldn’t have been euthanized if Sayo - who has been the main caretaker of wild2free for quite a while in the past regarding to what I witnessed while I was there and the insights I was given - would have been allowed to come and help and look after the survivors because he definitely knows better. Bee is now one more of the approx. more than 1 Bilion dead animals as result of the bushfires and the pride of a human.
About me: I was a Volunteer in the sanctuary for three months last year. Wild2Free and the kangaroos became my family. I witnessed what happened and was there when Sayo was forced to leave. Now all that is left is hope. Hope to continue the selfless and good work and rebuild a sanctuary to help the voiceless and true victims of these apocalyptical bushfires. Sayos hasn’t given up on this.
- Bianca Herrmann
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- Holly Savage