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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wildlife charity, Rural Fire Service benefit from donations

Donations from Newcastle Permanent employees are being put to good use, with two local organisations set to benefit.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) will receive $15,000 each of the $65,000 that the CommunityAssist program gives to charities each year.

WIRES is planning on dividing the funds between building a Glider Flight Rehabilitation Aviary in the Clarence Valley to provide a safe haven for Gliders that have been injured in bushfires, and training for volunteers at Hunter Wildlife Rescue.

Hunter Wildlife Rescue President, Audrey Koosmen, said the money was much-needed.

 “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this generous donation from the Newcastle Permanent staff,” Ms Koosmen said.

“This money will go towards training and educating our volunteers, preparing them to be great carers to injured, distressed and orphaned animals, from rescue to rehabilitation.

“Our rehabilitation facilities are mostly located in the backyards and properties of our volunteers across the Hunter, which house a wide range of at-risk rescued wildlife.

“Therefore, providing comprehensive training and education on how to care for different species is vital for our volunteers.”

WIRES Chief Executive Leanne Taylor was very grateful for the donation.

“This donation will fund the building of a much-needed glider aviary and allow local volunteers to fully rehabilitate the many gliders that come into care, which is a critical component of the pre-release process,” she said.

Following the devastating bushfires of last summer and in preparation for the next fire season, the NSW RFS will use the $15,000 across three regions, including the Hunter.

District Manager Superintendent Viki Campbell said the donation would greatly benefit the service.

“This funding will go directly towards purchasing vital equipment that improves the capability of our station, while keeping our volunteers comfortable and safe,” Ms Campbell said.

“It’s fantastic to have this contribution from Newcastle Permanent –supporting your local RFS is a great way to give back to the community.”