Help for our Aussie friends


TAYLOR COUNTY— After wildfires ravaged Australia, communities were left in ruins, causing both residents and wildlife to be without homes. Both Australia’s people and animals were left injured in the wake of the blaze.

The bushfires, which have been burning since September, have killed at least 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and killed an estimated 500 million animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles.

In all, about 15 million acres have burned across the country – an area roughly the size of West Virginia.

Thousands of miles away, Taylor County residents are coming together to help raise funds to assist in the rebuilding of the Land Down Under and the care of its residents and wildlife.

All Aboard Grafton and the Anna Jarvis Elementary School Student Council have teamed up to help raise funds for the cute koalas and cool kangaroos that were injured or displaced during the wildfires.

On Thursday, students of not only Anna Jarvis Elementary School but all Taylor County Schools are encouraged to get “Komfy” for Koalas. During the event, students will pay $1 to wear appropriate, school-approved pajamas for the day.

All proceeds will be donated to the Australian Zoo Wildlife Hospital, a hospital started by a special little lady.

Following the death of her father, Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin felt the need to take a walk in her father’s footsteps and began caring for animals in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which is owned by her mother, Terri.

Irwin shared that the Queensland hospital has been busier than ever.

Due to the influx of animals following the start of the wildfires, the hospital is expanding their facility to help care for one of the worst effected animals, the koala and the flying fox.

“Millions of acres of land has been decimated by the recent fires and it is vital that we all do what we can to regenerate the impacted areas so that the animals we can save have somewhere to live and can have a future,” Dr Rosie Booth, Director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital shared.

In addition to the students making donations, community members are asked to make contributions at Espresso Yourself Coffee House. Donations can be dropped in the donation box.

Residents can also take part in the Taylor County Arts Council’s beginner cross-stitch class at the Gallery 62 West to help our Aussie friends. The class begins on Monday, February 17 and runs through March 9. 

The cost to participate is $68 for members and $75 for non-members, however, for every completed piece shared on social media before February 29, a donation will be made to a charitable organization helping with fire recovery in Australia.

For more information and to register please contact [email protected].

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