HELP LOCAL ‘STICKY PRICK BEE HAVEN’ TO REBUILD THIS COMMUNITY BASED LOCAL HONEY BEE BUSINESS THAT WAS DESTROYED IN THE YANCHEP, W.A. FIRES Australia’s beekeepers are our forgotten farmers. These important primary producers are often overlooked when it comes to the effects of bushfire and other natural disasters. We owe it to future generations to keep going, to educate the importance of saving these little pollinators for future generations and the well being of our planet.  We can’t thank the local community of Perth enough, to the courageous fire fighters, [many whom are local volunteers] and all our clients for their ongoing support and well wishes during these trying times of such devastating losses, as was incurred this week during the recent horrific bush fires, north of Perth.   We at Sticky Prick Bee Haven are a small family owned business located in Perth’s Northern suburbs, specialising in all thing’s bee related from educational programs, Queen Bee and honey Bee breeding, the production of pure organic cold pressed natural honey and honey products and our community services are vast, including establishing home ‘bee colonies’ for individuals and communities and bee hive/swarm removal from properties, where we install bait boxes to capture feral swarms, thus saving millions of bees that would otherwise be destroyed Swarm Bees Roy removes saves, that would otherwise be poisoned to death Recently in the devastating WA bushfires in Yanchep, we lost everything, our bees, hives, stocks, produce, contracts.  A photo taken recently of the fire devastation at the Yanchep Stick Prick Bee Haven The loss of the millions of our beautiful honey bees has gutted us the most. We have also lost over 125 hand made bee hives 38 Nucleus hives that were brimming with honey and ready for harvesting; the loss of the bees habitat, feeding grounds, which take years to regenerate for bee use; the loss of massive amounts of bee equipment, like hive boxes, lids, bases frames, stands,  the list is long. Together with our honey products, gallons of beautiful local habitat honey and wax products that will take years to replace; the loss of the majority of our rare unique species of Queen breeder Bees, [costing many thousands of dollars each] and of course the loss of our business and business contracts, which sadly lay buried in the ashes which remain.     Where to now? We.. and the bees.. and the planet need your financial support now more than ever!    Our goal has always been to protect, nurture and provide education about the worlds most precious resource, ‘The Honey Bee.’  We have been in business for approx. 6 years and in this time we have seen the company’s reputation grow, not only in Perth, but also internationally because we are passionate about saving and rehoming Honey Bees and supporting the vital role they play in helping to pollinate important food crops for both humans and livestock. Without bees, there is no life  on this planet.    We don’t want the loss of these beautiful honey bees and everything we have built up, to go in vain. So in honour of the bees and our commitment to the community through service, we would like to not only re-establish, but grow the business. As a self funded owner operator, we receive none of the  support or financial aid, like the big commercial bee keepers. Sadly we did not have fire insurance, something which is now remedied.   The recovery will be in two phases. Firstly we need funding for Phase 1:  Rebuilding our colonies.  *This means purchasing more ‘Rottnest Queen Bees’ and honey bees, frames and hives and various bee equipment to start up again. We will also need to find a property we can rent or loan, that has the all important ‘habitat’ so the bees can have enough pollen to feed themselves and make honey and pollinate the local habituate.  *With your financial assistance, we can do this in a fraction of the time that it took us to build up prior to the fire, so we can hopefully more seamlessly get on and continue the work we have been doing in the community and for the bee population.   *The financial projection we need for this initial phase is $50,000. Secondly, we need funding for Phase 2: *To build a planned place of education at our property in Wanerie, WA to house a “Bee school’ whereby schools, community groups, farmers, individuals locally and internationally can visit and attend workshops and courses to learn the importance of Bees, their impact on our environment, personally and globally and ways we can protect them and explore the ways we can use honey and pure bees wax to heal, to nurture and to grow so much.  *Students attending will also be within the grounds of a local working ‘sustainable’ apiary and will get the opportunity to learn how to start up and run their own small or big hives. The financial projection we need for this second phase is $150,000. Our hardworking Australian beekeepers are enduring one of the toughest seasons on record thanks to relentless drought and damaging bushfires, with conditions feared to only become worse in coming months. A scarcity of water and flowering trees mean honey production has fallen sharply, bee populations have suffered, and many honey bees are currently neither producing honey nor pollinating crops. This impact will be felt for many years to come due to a loss of bushland and forests that are relied upon to support healthy bee colonies. Photo of our busy bees before the fire, in time lapse fashion Will you help us? If we reach our target of $100,000, we would like to offer you a gift in return as a thank you.  For pledgers over [$50?] we would like to offer you a little pot of pure golden raw honey, from our new stock once we are up and running. You will need to supply us with your details and we will do our best to forward this to you. Once again, we can’t thank the community enough for their ongoing support which we have received thus far, through these trying times. Their willingness to help when required, keeps us motivated to not give up and keep going against great odds. This shows me just how important the bees and what we do, in service to and for the wider community, creates great value. The generosity and goodwill has really generated a lot of hope for us in these moments and we hope you can see it in your heart to help us once again, financially this time.   Thank you kindly. The Bees, the local habitat, the planet and all of Us at Sticky Prick Bee Haven are deeply grateful for any financial support you may offer.   May happy Bee days, Bee here again, one Bee at a time, one step at a time.                   

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