This fundraiser was originally set up when Rae at Wild 2 Free Kangaroo Sanctuary wanted to help the wildlife victims of the NSW South Coast Fires.
In the first 3 weeks, along with an army of volunteers, $10,000 was raised, over 5,000 kg of feed was distributed and 150+ food and water areas were established.
Momentum was picking up, the word was spreading and wildlife survivors were being supported.
Suddenly, at 4am on New Year’s Eve, Rae was woken to what sounded like a tornado roaring through the forest of Mogo near Batemans Bay. Wild 2 Free was under threat and so were the lives of Rae and volunteer Karen from Seattle. The ferocity of the fire was too intense to defend and the girls fled to the river, where minutes later, they were rescued by boat thanks to their neighbour and RFS volunteer Simon, whose property was also part of the Wild 2 Free Sanctuary.
And just to finish off the worst New Years Eve imaginable, word came in that the final reminding 850 acre sanctuary managed by Gary and Sara, had also been completely destroyed.
This fundraiser, originally set at $10,000 to help other victims, has now been reorganised to help us rebuild Wild 2 Free and continue the work we were all doing to help native animals (mostly kangaroos), and the odd farm animal.
The new goal is $80,000. The truth is we need more, but given so many others are suffering through similar circumstances, we urge you to also donate to Wildlife Rescue South Coast, who will be taking over Rae’s original wildlife feeding program for other affected areas, on behalf of Rae
Thank you so much, Rae, Sara, Gary, Simon and Yana x
Photo Credits: The first two joeys from the Currowan South Coast Fire were found by RMS workers surveying the Princes Highway at East Lynne. They were standing together, scared and displaced. Their ears are burnt and they're terrified. They are in care with a fellow carer in Wildlife Rescue South Coast. *Photo Credit: Adrina Selles, Wildlife Rescue South Coast.
Fire Photo: Carly lives in Morton and provided this photo of the devastating bush fire approaching her home. She will kindly be supporting wildlife in her area. Can you help them too?