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.
Rae lost her home and the kangaroos lost their sanctuary. Just to finish off the worst New Years Eve imaginable, word came in that the final remaining 850 acre sanctuary near Cobargo, 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.
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.
- cynthia Cutonilli
- Courtney Bee
- Picture Polish NPAs for Wildlife
- Lawry Bredhauer
- Amanda Allison
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