Love at first sight................
Spring 2015- I saw my first koala up close at Australia Zoo. My mum managed to capture this photo of it. We never thought that THIS moment would have such an impact on me and my family. This moment!
In July 2016, I watched an episode of The Living Room. Dr Chris Brown had a story about koalas. He talked about how they were listed as a "vulnerable" species and how in QLD and NSW they were in real trouble. I wanted to do something to help- so my Crusade began in August. CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY
The official start...........
August 13th, 2016- I launched my Koala Crusade. I was 11 years old.
I was so excited that I raised $1,100.00 in Aug/Sept 2016. I thought that was really amazing. I never thought that this was only the start of my work. I have learned so much over the last 2 years. My family has helped me LOTS! Without them, I would not have been able to do any of this. Even my brother supports my work.
I have met so many inspiring people. They have led me to many other projects. I have had a lot of help and support from my community- sewing pouches, buying my produce and products and more. Without my community, i could not have done what i have done. I have been very spoiled with lovely messages, photos and gifts. I have spent many hours sitting at markets and events (in the sun, rain, wind and hail lol) trying to raise money and promote helping save koalas and wildlife. I have attended a lot of information events. I have spoken to a few community groups, my school and a kinder. We have sorted through tonnes of donated linen from which, we have donated more than 1,000 towels, made/had made and distributed almost 2,500 pouches, have sold more than 150 car rescue kits, sold more than 200 enviro bags made from pillow cases and lots more.
I have planted a lot of trees (with my dad). We have driven hundreds of kilometres delivering donations. As a family- we have done a LOT!
I know that I have inspired kids to help our wildlife.
Showing them that:
No voice is too little
No hands are too small
To help SAVE OUR WILDLIFE
I cannot believe that in less than 2 years, I have managed to raise
TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!
I have donated
in cash- $8,336.37
in products or invested in material or used for postage to send donations -$1,529.36
tally of donations- $9,865.73
I am currently fundraising for a special cause- I will reveal the details in a couple of weeks but I am very excited to be helping a Victorian shelter tackle a koala crisis.
THANK YOU to
EVERY person that I have met along the way,
EVERY person that has donated money, goods or their time to my cause,
EVERY person that has sent me messages of encouragement,
EVERY person that has taken the time to meet and talk with me,
EVERY person that helps to save our wildlife- you are angels!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! from me and my family.
You can continue to help me by donating online.
You have three choices-
Donate to MY koala work (I am currently raising money for victorian koala work)
DONATE ONLINE- https://chuffed.org/project/libbys-koala-wildlife-crusade
Donate direct to my Fundraising Account- Libby Fisher. BSB- 063594 AC: 10401537 (com bank)
(All money donated to her account is recorded in her online chuffed page by us)
Donate to my Australia Zoo Visionary Wildlife Fundraiser
I support the amazing work that the zoo do for the koala populations facing extinction in QLD.
My goal is $2,000.00 in 2018.
I am so excited that I could help with this. We spoke to Janet a little while ago, she said that she was on the lookout for scales to help her weigh koalas accurately. This year I donated $500 to Janet- she was going to put this money towards scales- if she could work out a deal with one of her local vets to reduce a recent LARGE bill from them for treating Koalas.
Good news- she found some cheap scales!
Bad news (or so she thought) - they were in Blackburn
Good news- that's like 30 minutes from where we live
We offered to pick up the scales for her AND Pay for them! I was so happy that my fundraising money could pay for these for Janet. She was lost for words and didn't know what to say- tears even.
We are holding onto them until we can meet up with Janet hopefully at Werribee zoo when she makes one of the MANY trips to the zoo from Macarthur each month. It is a 3hr+ drive for Janet to get to Werribee Zoo yet she drives there for the specialised care they give koalas that she finds.
The small scales weigh up to 15kg. The large scales weigh up to 100kg. No, you don't get koalas much bigger than 20kg but you do get them over 15kg (plus the basket they are weighed in).
These scales are perfect as they have enough room for a washing basket (which Janet puts the koalas in to weigh them). They will be great in her new treatment room that she is building.
I am really, really happy that I have been able to help Janet with a purchase as important as this.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!