Our beautiful Australian bushland is burning and families are losing lives and property as bushfires rage throughout their communities .
Over 480 million animals are believed to have been killed, including thousands of koalas and other indigenous animals.
The fires have been burning in the State of New South Wales since September 2019 with over 4 million hectares ( 990000 acres) being burnt so far. These fires could well be burning for another 5 months.
Koala populations in New South Wales and Queensland have dropped by almost half , to around 80000 , in the last 2 decades due to many factors including deforestation, drought, disease, starvation and traffic injuries.
These fires that are currently burning in Australia are threatening the lives of these precious animals and every other animal that lives on the land.
Area where koalas live in Australia
Areas where fires are active currently in Australia as at 2nd January 2020
During the month of December Sweet Pea had a fund raising promotion where we donated $2 from each sale of our Australian themed Machine embroidery designs to the Koala Crisis and Red Cross Disaster Relief appeals.
Our new fund raising design- all sales of which will go to help our injured Aussie animals
Starting from this month we are committed to raising more donations to give to charitable organisations that will help people and animals directly affected by these devastating fires.
We have designed an Australian themed machine embroidery 'in the hoop' design to honour our beautiful Koalas.
ALL SALES from our 'Koala Add-on block or mug rug' design on our website will be given to WIRES Wildlife Rescue ( WILDLIFE INFORMATION AND RESCUE SERVICE ).
This cute design can be made as a mug rug or an 'add on' block to the Australian Animal Table runner design we made especially to celebrate Australia Day on January 26th.
If you would rather donate money directly to help save the koalas please click link below.
WIRES ( WILDLIFE INFORMATION AND RESCUE SERVICE) mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.
WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for Australian native animals for over 30 years.
They have over 2500 volunteers in 28 branches involved in the rescue and care of wildlife and we have a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 365 days a year assisting the community to help native animals in distress.
WIRES helps tens of thousands of animals every year, receiving up to 95,000 requests for rescue advice and assistance every 12 months.