Rescuer Thank you Packs!
This week a wonderful "elf" at Wildlife Victoria was given these Rescuer Thank you bags to pass onto 5 rescuers of her choosing. Special thanks to Kath from boomerang_bags_nillumbik for these awesome Minion bags that were kindly donated to me this year, they are a perfect size for these packs and I love that they are minions. So many wildlife "minions" out there lol.
The packs contained:
- 1lt hand sanitiser (cleaning up after handling animals)
- can of fluro pink line marking paint (to mark deceased animals to show other rescuers that they have been checked)
- 1 box gloves (to cover up when doing pouch checks)
- 2 packets of baby wipes (cleaning up after a rescue and saved from landfill thanks to Pinchapoo)
- a first aid kit (to help them if needed and all donated & saved from landfill)
- a box of favourites (a treat and thank you just for them)
One pack was also made up containing the above items PLUS a - a pack of Suken products thanks to Pinchapoo (saved from landfill- past their "best before" dates but perfectly fine). This pack was for the elf that was distributing them for me as a thank you for her amazing work and support of my work.
ALL of these packs came from donated items or money that was donated to me. This is what your donations go towards so I really appreciate all the support that I get, without such amazing support WE wouldn't be able to help the wildlife carers and rescuers, who every day, are out there trying their best to Save Our Wildlife. So thank you to everyone that supports my work.
If you have any items you think could help wildlife volunteers, first aid items or "treats" that I could pass onto people or even some bags like these that you could make, please message me. I am always looking for things to help others and always in need of bags like this to make up "gifts" or donate items in.
If you would like to donate so that I can continue to buy things to help, please visit my website to see how: http://libbyskoalacrusade.weebly.com
THANK YOU again to EVERYONE that makes these things possible!
Today we have received two messages from followers asking to donate to Libby's work on behalf of their family members, instead of buying material gifts or gift certificates for Christmas.
We never expected that Libby and her work would have this kind of appeal so never thought about doing it so here it goes. We've never done it before and to try it out are going to offer this process to arrange them.
They’d be a great gift for anyone of any age but especially for that little wildlife warrior in your life! Maybe for the stocking? KK gift? they can be for any amount (we can omit the amount if you like).
If you'd like to gift someone a donation made in their name to Libby's work this Christmas, all you have to do is take the 2 following steps:
1. Make payment (choose your amount)
Libby Fisher (Commonwealth bank)
BSB: 063 594
ACC: 1040 1537
PayPalMe (credit card)
PLEASE do the payment as a payment to family/friends and NOT for goods or services. Otherwise WE pay fees at our end.
2. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the
- copy of the receipt of your payment (screenshot is fine)
- the name the donation will be made in
- the email address of the donor and/or your's if you'd like a copy or are printing it to give as a gift
We will then arrange your certificate (as attached with donor's name and amount filled in) within 24-48hrs. ALL money raised from these will be recorded on Libby's online fundraiser and money will be used to fund the work that she does.
Thank you to the Diamond Valley Lions Club for having me at their Christmas Twilight Market last night.
I was lucky enough to spend the night under this beautiful gum meeting lots of people and raising $333.00 from sales of my items and donations. Thanks to everyone that came and saw me.
Highlights were some local kids recognising me from Behind the News- it was a strange experience being recognised. One boy was in shock that it was me and I was so humbled to see his response.
I was so excited when a couple of my re-purposed macconna jars sold but then I had some of the calendars that I teamed up with Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter to create sell AND 4 of my baseball caps! One to a male teenager my age and one is going all the way to France!
So thank you again to everyone that came down and saw me last night- it was my last market for the year. Next week instead of going to school (for "clean up days" and no classes) I am going back up to Dutch to volunteer for a week before Christmas. Cannot wait!
If you'd like to donate to my christmas hampers I am still trying to get washing powder (sensitive brand) and a couple of items i posted on my wall this week that are on sale or checkout my Hamper album for ideas.
If you’d like to help with my Christmas hampers and donations to rescuers & carers like this, here’s how:
BSB: 063 594
AC: 1040 1537
Ref: Donate 2 Buy
Credit card- https://chuffed.org/pay/campaign/56462
Remember- EVERY DOLLAR HELPS! Even the cost of a takeaway coffee helps 💚🐨🦘
I’m so happy to be able to help rescuers, carers and amazing unfunded hospitals like Koala Hospital Port Macquarie. They do amazing work. I first donated in 2017 and this year I’m proud to say, I donated again.
I’m sad to read that a koala that I “adopted” back in 2017 has recently passed away. Oxley Kaylee lived a long life despite her challenges- thanks to this hospital.
Thankyou to Port Mac for featuring me in your newsletter again. It’s great awareness for the work I do and hopefully it inspires others (especially kids) in ways to help wildlife.
Current article in Gum Tips CLICK HERE
Thankyou to Andrea for these pouches and tissues. The pouches will be used in my car rescue kits.
Order yours today!
For just $10 you can be prepared to do a pouch check and if need be- Save A Life!
I was lucky enough to visit a shelter in the Dandenong Ranges this weekend and not only drop off some supplies but also help with feeding this beautiful wallaby.
They are sooooo different from kangaroos.
They look different.
They feel different.
They smell different.
Thankyou to everyone that donates supplies or money to buy supplies. Donations like this, mean shelters can use their money to pay for other costs such as fuel, vet bills, medicines, formulas, special foods, equipment etc
I’ve had these items put aside for a few months now so it was great to finally get to deliver them.
I’m collecting items for Christmas hampers for 8 shelters. If you can help please see the list of items I’m collecting or donate 2 buy. Even just $5 will help buy something!!
Are you CAMPING THIS SUMMER
What impact does camping have on wildlife?
If you are camping in areas along rivers, it is really, really important that you help our wildlife. When campers are not around (most of the year), our wildlife drink from our rivers. Koalas in particular, will live in the trees right along the rivers. Its the best spot for them with cool breezes, access to water if and when they need it and you will find that the healthiest trees are along the water. Water is life and that goes for our wildlife too. Popular spots to camp though, are ON rivers. This means that wildlife will retreat back into the bush and won't always feel safe enough to come back to the river when they need to drink. Especially when there are not only humans around, but dogs!
MAJOR Camping Threat
I love to take our dog, Rey (a bearded collie) camping with it. She loves coming away with her family too. We know many people feel the same and thankfully, we can take them into State Forests and some caravan parks. However, its really important that you keep dogs on leads at ALL times. If an animal is in need of help, it will most likely be on the ground or very low in a tree. Right at the perfect spot for a dog to find it. If your dog is roaming it will most likely find animals when they are vulnerable. You can buy leads that are 10 or 15mts long which still gives your dog freedom but restricts it enough. Keeping dogs on leads is not only to protect our wildlife, but also your dog. Snakes are always around and you never know where they will be. Kangaroos can attack if they feel threatened and are powerful enough to kill a dog. Even if your dog is little, super friendly or has never attacked anything before- they are unpredictable and a threat to our wildlife.
How can you help our wildlife while you are camping?
If you are camping, can you leave some water bowls in the bush near you? Please don't leave bowls "in" your camp because you don't want wildlife to have to come into your camp to get water. They need to feel and be safe, so leave it a good distance from you or any other campers. Maybe put some ice cream tubs in trees?
Its a great time for people to be the voices for our wildlife. Lookout for them. If you see something not quite right, call it in. Ask advice. Have someone come out and check the animal. The great rescuers will not be angry for getting a call for a healthy animal that's not under threat. NO call is a waste! So just make a call and ask advice.
“I need your help.
Not a selfie
Not you standing over me
Not you or your kids patting me
Not your dog sniffing me.
I need you to call for help!”
You are feeling sick, lets say you have a migraine.
People are crowding around you.
People are touching you.
People are letting a lion (something most of us would fear) come up and sniff you.
People just want to get a photo of you while you are at your most vulnerable.
Your head is pounding so much, you can't even seem to function let alone tell them to be quiet, or go away or that you need help.
This is what its like for our wildlife when they feel sick so please, give them space, now is not the time for a pat or a photo or to let your kids or pets get close to them. They need your respect and their space.
Generally, if you can approach an animal and it does not move- it needs help! Standing over them or patting them ONLY CAUSES THE ANIMAL MORE STRESS. Please be sure to keep your distance, call for help and wait for help to arrive.
Note- this photo was taken by a wildlife rescuer in training. This koala had been assessed by a trained rescuer and the rescuer was getting the necessary equipment to bring this animal in. Photo was taken from a distance to avoid further stress.
"Drought effects us all!"
Our wildlife need our help now more than ever. With our country in drought- our environment cannot give to our wildlife, the nutrients and water sources that it normally does. With dryer winters and hotter summers- our wildlife need just one thing from us----- water!
Koalas are not commonly known to drink however, in recent times we are seeing them seek water more. If you live in areas where koalas are, go and have a look at the trees that you see them sitting in. Look at the leaves. You will probably notice that the leaves may seem paler than normal? Not as vibrant in colour? In some areas trees have been effected by Black Spot (koalas don't like leaves with black spot) and other disease due to the dryer than normal conditions. Our trees aren't getting the nutrients and water that they need to be healthy.
As the weather warms up, all kinds of wildlife will need help. Birds, reptiles, possums, koalas, kangaroos, echidna's etc. Leaving out some buckets or trays of water can literally help save a life!
Provide water but not food. Our wildlife just need water from us!
Leave bowls of fresh, clean water out in shady locations. Shallow dishes are better for smaller animals. If you use a large container make sure to provide a rock or stick so that small animals can climb out. Place the container in an area where animals are protected from predators when drinking e.g. near a shrub or bush and keep your pets away from this area so that animals can drink undisturbed.
Keep the water topped up and fresh if possible.
So even though its not yet summer- now is a great time to be thinking of places and ways that you can leave water out for wildlife. Maybe a project for the weekend? Get the kids involved and learn about what animals are in your area that you can help out with some water. Please also think of wildlife if you are lucky enough to be going on holidays over the summer- pack a few ice cream containers for the trip!
Want to have a tour of one of the brand new enclosures that I recently donated to Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter?
Watch this video-
We have put together this video to show you around and also THANK the amazing people and businesses that have made this enclosure possible. We hope you enjoy it.
Thank you to
- Mary Scott and James Bannon for donating the enclosure
- Reece Plumbing Diamond Creek for the browse (food) holders
- Bunnings Eltham for donating the timber for the water bowl holders
- Golden Turf for donating the amazing turf for the ground
Thank you also to everyone that Donates 2 Buy items, you can see the cobweb brush and dust pan/broom hanging on the front of the enclosure. Both are $5 items that make cleaning the enclosure much easier.
Please get behind Libby and donate what you can to help her to continue to support shelters & rescuers with items like this.
BSB: 063 594
AC: 1040 1537
Ref: Donate 2 Buy
Why not setup an automatic direct deposit and donate $5 or $10 a week?
(Please note- you do NOT have to pay the "TIPPING" fee to chuffed.)
All direct deposit donations will be recorded on the above chuffed fundraiser.
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!