Vision and stories of the devastation the summer bushfires have had on our wildlife have left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.
SOS Oz is a group of organisations and individuals who support animal welfare and they are running a bush dance and poster competition in March to raise funds.
The event called Go Wild for Wildlife Bush Dance, will donate money raised to WIRES and Bangalow Koalas.
On the night Chris Aronsten will be playing and there will be a bush dance band with callers, activities for children include animal face-painting and a colouring-in activity, and, Stone and Wood beverages with delicious food available. Entry will be by donation and kids are free.
Poster competition for adults and kids
As part of the event, organisers are running a poster competition to be judged on the night. There are excellent prizes for the winning entrants who will be announced on the night and their works available for auction.
Conditions of entry are that the poster should be: on a theme of wildlife local to the Northern Rivers, e.g., koala, wallaby, kangaroo, possum, wombat, bandicoot, bat, platypus, reptiles, birds (including nestlings); an original artwork; A4 or larger; any media on any 2-D surface; with or without text; with the artist’s name and contact details on the back of the entry, and; be submitted by 5pm on Friday, February 28.
SOS Oz will be selling all entries and auctioning the prize-winners in each category. Prizes from [email protected] Centre include: Adults – First a $100 voucher and second a $50 voucher, secondary students – first a $100 voucher and second a $50 voucher and primary students – bag of art goodies worth $50 and second a $20 voucher.
To submit an entry, ensure the artist’s name is written on the back, including contact details.
Submissions may be dropped off at any [email protected] Centre shop by 5pm Friday February: 3 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay; Station Street (between Woolworths and roundabout), Mullumbimby, and; 1/3 Ray O’Neill Crescent, Ballina.
The bush dance will be on Sunday March 1 from 5pm at Marvell Hall in Byron Bay.