Fundraising for the for Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is on the home stretch and a single donation of $325,000 means that a team of Australian vets are well on the way to creating Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital to help save native Australian wildlife.
If they can reach their target of $520,000 by the end of June, the custom-built mobile hospital will be up and running ahead of this year’s bushfire season, when the need will be greatest.
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Founder and CEO, Dr Stephen Van Mil says the group are lated with this anonymous donor’s generosity, which brings us a big step closer to making the Mobile Wildlife Hospital a reality.
‘This gives us renewed impetus to reach our target but we still need to raise $165,000 to get there. We are appealing to the public to donate before 30 June. All donations are 100% tax deductible.’
When construction and fit out are complete, they will also have to equip the mobile hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment and estimate this additional cost to be $250,000.
Committed to giving wildlife the best possible care
‘We’re committed to giving our injured wildlife the best possible care and to do that we need the right tools,’ said Dr Van Mil. ‘For example, an ultrasound machine will cost $50,000, an intensive care cage runs to $5,000, and even burns bandages for s single koala cost around $100, so we definitely need ongoing help to save Australia’s wildlife.’
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Ltd (BBWH) is a not-for-profit company committed to prevent extinction and decline of native species and maximise their chances of long-term recovery. During construction of an extensive bricks and mortar treatment and rehabilitation centre located in Byron Bay, the Mobile Wildlife Hospital will be able to facilitate immediate response to wildlife in crisis anywhere in Australia.
Donations can be made at www.chuffed.org/wildlifehospital.