Through the generosity of community members who recycled their cans and bottles properly, the team from Moreton Bay Koala Rescue has been able to buy new equipment in 2022.
The not-for-profit organisation received a cheque more just over $1000 from the organisers of the Redcliffe Markets, who distributed specially marked recycling bins as part of the Queensland Government’s Container for Change recycling scheme.
Visitors to the markets recycled more than 10,000 bottles throughout 2021, which were then cashed in for 10 cents each.
Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Vice President Mike Fowler told Moreton Daily in February the group was grateful for the cash boost.
“The equipment we use is very expensive, so when we receive generous donations like this, we are able to upgrade and purchase new equipment,” Mike said at the time.
“The cages we use to transport the koalas in, once they have been rescued, can be up to $400 and every koala rescuer needs to have at least two cages.
“We receive no government funding, and some funding from the Moreton Bay Council, so we have to do a lot of fundraising ourselves.
“I am extremely grateful for this donation, and I would like to thank everyone who dropped off their cans and bottles throughout the year because it all added up.”
Natalea Noyes, who was the Co-ordinator of the Redcliffe Markets at the time, said Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc was one organisation they worked closely with during their fundraising efforts.
“The team from Moreton Bay Koala Rescue have joined us at the markets several times over the year as we provide them with a complimentary space so they can fundraise,” she said.
“They are very worthy recipients. It has been a pleasure to support them throughout the year.”
About Moreton Bay Koala Rescue
Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation involved in the direct rescue and care of injured, sick or orphaned koalas across the Moreton Bay Region, including Caboolture, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers.
Dedicated rescue teams drive thousands of kilometres across the region each month where they pick up injured, sick or orphaned koalas that have been spotted by members of the public.
The koalas are then taken to different wildlife hospitals for treatment or taken to experienced wildlife carers for their rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild.
The group is passionate about saving as many koalas as possible and relies on the generosity of the community so it can continue its vital work in ensuring koalas do not face extinction.
The group also welcomes new members who would like to volunteer their time to become a rescuer or ambulance driver, with on-the-job training provided.
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