Hey guys, Elayna and Riley here.
As you know, Australia is our home and we always dreamed of sailing you here someday, particularly to Kangaroo Island, a wildlife sanctuary off the coast of Adelaide. We want to help protect and restore Kangaroo Island after the bush fires destroyed almost half of the native vegetation and killed or injured thousands of animals including kangaroos and koalas, among many species. K.I is also home to around 5000 people, many of which relied on tourism to support themselves.
As you would already know, Australia has experienced some of the worst bushfires of our time. Over 12 million acres (4.9 million hectares) has been burnt or is burning in Australia. It's estimated up to 1 billion animals have been killed to date.
Kangaroo Island is Australia's 3rd largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. The fires are still burning out of control and there are grave fears with more dangerous weather conditions ahead.
We have received many messages from abroad asking where they should put their support. There are many worthy causes available, but we have decided to collect money for two that are close to our hearts in Kangaroo Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Australia.
We pledge to donate the first $1,000 in a mission to raise $10,000 ($5,000 each) towards the following two causes:
- 50% of funds will go to the Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund to help the Islands community get back on their feet. It's likely to take years to recover from what has been destroyed.
- 50% of funds will go to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Fund to care for the significant number of koalas and other native species that have been injured in the Kangaroo Island fires. The park has been treating new koalas as they come in each day with pain relief, antibiotics as well as building new infrastructure to provide a new home for the wild animals as they are rehabilitated before they can be released back into the wild.
To view the extent of damage to the wildlife on the Kangaroo Island, please see here:
All bank statements and donations will be made public!
Every cent counts! Let's come together and make a difference! We love you guys and we thank you for your consideration.
Love Elayna, Riley & Lenny
- Chris Steele